Feb. 18, 2010
CHICAGO - Don Hanrahan, a member of the Loyola University Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame and a star basketball player in the 1950s, passed away Feb. 8 following a bout with cancer. A Chicago native and graduate of Foreman High School, Hanrahan was also a member of the Loyola 1950s All-Decade Team, which was unveiled in 2006.
During his Loyola career from 1948-52, Hanrahan, who at 6-foot-8 was then the second-tallest player in the history of the program, was a teammate of Rambler great Nick Kladis and enjoyed his best season in 1951-52, when he averaged 16.7 points per game. Hanrahan, who also posted 13.2 ppg in 1950-51, scored 828 points in his Loyola career.
Following graduation from Loyola, Hanrahan played 18 games for the Indianapolis Olympians of the National Basketball Association during the 1952-53 season before embarking on a successful business career.
Hanrahan is survived by his wife, son and two daughters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.