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LMU Alum, Hall of Famer A Two-Sport Star

Hugh Boyle was a 1943 graduate of Loyola.
Hugh Boyle was a 1943 graduate of Loyola.

March 21, 2006

Los Angeles, CA (March 21) - Loyola Marymount University and the Athletics Department suffered the loss of one of its original stars with the passing of Hugh Boyle, a 1943 graduate and two-sport star in both basketball and baseball, on March 19. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Bartholomew's, 5100 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803.

Boyle, who was inducted into the LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame in May of 1989, was married to wife Marilyn for 62 years and devoted father of Bernie (Barbara), Tom (Wendy), Suzanne, Joni Walter (Jim) and Sally Vogt (Lou). He is also the proud grandfather to sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is survived by brothers, Jack, S.J., Jim, Joe and Bob as well as sisters Peggy Nader and Pat Kamphuis. He was preceded in death by brother Bernie and sister Dolly Trombley.

After graduation, Boyle remained active with Lion athletics, serving as chairman of the LMU Athletics Board for 20 years. His served as the former President of the Southern California Dairy Association, Dairy Institute of the State of California, Dairy Council of the State of California, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Fathers' Club of St. Mary's Academy.

Boyle was part of the 1939-40 and 1942-43 basketball teams, helping the Lions to wins over Arizona State, Arizona, California, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara. He was also a catcher for the Lions' baseball teams from 1940-43. He was named to the legendary Rod Dedeaux All-Opponent team.

Boyle and his family have a rich history within LMU athletics. Two of Boyle's grandchildren, Chris and Scott Walter, followed their grandfather's footsteps and had success as LMU student-athletes.

Chris was a four-team All-WCC selection for the LMU men's soccer program from 1993-96, earning honorable mention all four years on his way to setting the career record for saves with 410.

As for Scott, he was part of three straight WCC championship teams for the LMU baseball program. A three-time first-team All-WCC selection, Scott's name is throughout the LMU record books, earning WCC Freshman of the Year and WCC Player of the Year honors in 1998. He finished his career as a third-team All-American in 2000.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Hugh's memory may be made to the LMU Athletic Department, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

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