Athletic Fund Established in Honor of Former LMU Standout
1939 Graduate Loses Battle to Cancer
June 1, 2001
John Polich, a 1939 graduate of Loyola Marymount University and former football and hockey star for the Lions, died on May 27 of liver cancer.
Polich, a member of the Loyola Marymount Athletic Hall of Fame, was one of the athletic department's first All-American caliber athletes. The two-way star for the Lions excelled in football and hockey, earning six letters in his tenure at what was then Loyola University.
It was hockey that Polich made his mark in the athletic world, going on to play professionally for the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Monarchs. Following his hockey stint, Polich made his true calling in television.
In 1947 Polich directed the very first television broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade. With only two cameras and three microphones, Polich's first production of the world-famous parade went to approximately 300 television sets in Los Angeles.
Polich went on to serve more than 30 years at KTLA.
Funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Chapel on Monday, June 4 at 10:00. Burial will be at Holy Cross, with a reception held on the Loyola Marymount campus at 12:30.
He is survived by his wife Ann, who has established the "John Polich Athletic Fund" for those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers.
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