MIES, December 11, 2017 - It is with deep sadness that FIBA heard
of the passing of Honorary President, George E Killian.
York native, who held FIBA's highest post from 1990 to 1998, passed away at the
age of 93 on Wednesday.
President Horacio Muratore said: "George will always be remembered for his
unwavering commitment and dedication to our sport. The passionate way in which
he advocated for the promotion and development of basketball in the Americas -
as well as all around the world - was a huge contribution to our
Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick
Baumann: "Our personal memories of him are very strong as his FIBA
Presidency falls in the early days of our involvement with FIBA. During this
period, we worked closely together and continued our fruitful cooperation later
when he became President of FISU."
a long and extremely successful career in sports administration, during which
he achieved countless achievements, many of them in the field of basketball.
contributions to the sport saw him receive the prestigious FIBA Order of Merit
later, he was awarded even more recognition for his countless accomplishments
when enshrined into
the FIBA Hall of Fame as a contributor as part of the 2010 Class.
Starting out from his humble beginnings as head basketball coach
at Wharton High School back in 1949, Killian's work, talent and dedication soon
were noticed and he climbed the ranks, becoming a Member of the Board of
Directors of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 1967 and President
of ABAUSA (now USA Basketball) between 1976 and 1980.
established himself as Vice President of the Executive Committee of COPABA (now
FIBA Americas) in 1979, he was elected as a Member of FIBA's Central Board a
year later and served with distinction for 18 years. This included his
eight-year presidency of basketball's world governing body.
tireless work for basketball also saw him installed as a Member of the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1996, before coming President of the
Board of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in 1999, a
position he held until 2011.
individual accolades collected by Killian were considerable, with his FIBA
achievements sat alongside a multitude of other recognitions.
Northern University Athletic Hall of Famer claimed a United States Olympic
Committee (USOC) Commendation in 1976 and 1980, prior to the illustrious
Olympic Order which was bestowed upon him by the late former IOC President Juan
Antonio Samaranch, in 1996.
extends its sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to Killian's wife
Marilyn, their family and loved ones.