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John McIvor '54

The Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement

Former basketball player, coach and contributor at Iona College, John McIvor entered the Iona College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. McIvor played four seasons of basketball for the Gaels. Between 1950 and 1954, McIvor appeared in 54 games, scoring 481 points and grabbing 448 rebounds. 

Playing for a nationally ranked squad that included teammates Richie Guerin, Gene Roberti and Bob Santini, McIvor was recognized as the team’s defensive stopper. He enjoyed a fine career as a student-athlete, belonging to the Cornelian Society and being cited by Who’s Who among American Colleges. He was the recipient of the Iona physics medal upon his graduation. 

After serving in the United States Army, he was offered and accepted a physics fellowship at St. John’s University. Following a brief stint as an electronics engineer, McIvor decided to move to the teaching profession, beginning at Iona Prep in 1959, where he also served as track coach. He returned to Iona College in 1963 as an adjunct professor and is currently an adjunct associate in the Math Department. 

In 1967, he accepted the position of assistant varsity and head freshman basketball coach at Iona, working for his former coach, Jim McDermott, and then for former teammate Gene Roberti. He worked in that position until 1976. McIvor coached tennis at Iona after retiring as chair of the Mathematics Department at Mamaroneck High School. John served approximately six years on the Alumni Board of Directors, and his wife, Paula, had worked as a part of the campus community for many years.