From New York University
One of New York City's most visible basketball greats, New York University's Cal Ramsey, has passed away at the age of 81.
A 1959 graduate of NYU's School of Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Ramsey was one of the greatest to ever put on a Violet basketball uniform. An All-American as a senior, he still holds a number of Violet hoops records, including rebounds in a game (34 vs. Boston College), season rebound average (19.6), career rebounds (1,101), and career rebound average (17.5). Ramsey's 20.2 career scoring average is fourth-highest in program history, while his 1,275 career points in only three seasons (freshmen weren't eligible) ranks 11th on NYU's all-time scoring list.
Serving as assistant coach with the NYU men's basketball team since its return as an NCAA Division III program in 1983-84, Ramsey helped lead the Violets to an overall 615-341 (.643) record, including 25 postseason appearances.
"Cal Ramsey was a true gentleman, a wonderful ambassador for New York University and a valued friend," said Christopher Bledsoe, NYU's Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics. "Generations of students, coaches and administrators benefited from his counsel. We will miss Cal very much."
Ramsey also served NYU as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for 18 years (1985-2003) and received the NYU President's Alumni Achievement Award in 2004 for his contributions to his alma mater.
Following his collegiate career, Ramsey went on to play for the NBA's St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks and Syracuse Nationals. In 1991, Ramsey joined the Knicks' community relations team where he served as an ambassador for the last 28 years.
Ramsey was inducted into the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978 and into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.
Ramsey's dedication, service and contributions to New York City basketball did not go unnoticed. In 2002, he received the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Man of the Year Award, while in 2005 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA). Then, in 2010, Ramsey became the second recipient of the Dick McGuire Legacy Award in recognition of the "pride, tradition and class" displayed during his many years of service to the Knicks' organization.
In 2012, The Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation presented him with its Champions Award and he received the first-ever New York City Sports Legend Award from the Alumni Varsity Association of City College.
A native of Selma, AL, Ramsey also served on the Board of Trustees for the Children's Aid Society.