Walter "Doc" Hurley, Sr. When Walter "Doc" Hurley, Sr., now
91 years old, was a student at Weaver High School in the late
1930's, he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track
- just about all of the schools sports.
combination of unusual talent, determination and imperturbability
has served Doc well throughout a strikingly active life that
has revolved largely around the school children of Hartford.
graduation form Virginia State University, he became a teacher
and basketball coach in the Portsmouth, Virginia school system
and returned to Hartford in 1959.
In 1975, Doc organized the "Doc" Hurley Scholarship Basketball
Classic as a way to encourage Hartford's young men and women
to stay in high school and then go on to college with the help
of modest but essential scholarships. Currently Doc serves as
the President of the "Doc" Hurley Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
This organization has awarded over $570,000.00 to 550 deserving
high school seniors from the Greater Hartford area. Beyond these
scholarships, Doc has changed the lives of literally thousands
of youngsters, by his life-long personal involvement in their
lives. He has mentored, cajoled, encouraged and been a friend
to countless individuals who would not be who they are today
without Doc Hurley, Sr.
Doc retired in 1984 as vice principal of Weaver High School,
after nearly 20 years of service. But, he has remained as involved
as ever in the community he loves. He lives in Hartford
and was married to his late wife Gwendolyn for 56 years. He has two daughters Jeanne Costley and Muriel Hurley-Carter and a
late son Walter Hurley, Jr.