Before the varsity boys’ basketball team took to the court for Blair’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer game on December 7, the community paused to remember Gerard A. Giuricich Jr., the School’s long-serving athletic facility manager who passed away on November 30. “Doc G”—a “true Buccaneer” as noted on the buttons worn by every attendee at the game— was beloved and respected by a generation of Bucs. Throughout his 23-plus years at Blair, he cared deeply for student-athletes, ensuring that every team and player was equipped for success, and loyally supporting the Bucs from the sidelines in all seasons.
Dr. Giuricich received national recognition for his expertise in the many facets of equipment and facilities management when he was named the 2016 Athletic Equipment Managers Association “High School Equipment Manager of the Year,” an award that also recognized his dedication to his family and his community. Indeed, his devotion to the Blair community echoed far beyond the School’s athletic venues in the kind words, twinkling smile and sound advice he shared with everyone he encountered on campus. In 2015, a grateful Blair family honored his lasting impact by dedicating the Doc Gerard Giuricich equipment room in his name, citing him as “a role model for those who support the endeavors of others” on the plaque that graces Hardwick Hall.
A graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic, Dr. Giuricich was committed to the good care of his chiropractic patients throughout his career. He especially enjoyed spreading holiday cheer in the Blair community and beyond by dressing as Santa Claus. Dr. Giuricich’s family meant the world to him, and he leaves his beloved wife of 41 years, Marie, their children, Jenny-Ree Hedges ’98, Jody M. Giuricich ’99, Jessica A. Reger ’02, Jay A. Giuricich ’04 and Gina M. O'Rourke ’07, and eight grandchildren.
For information about a December 14 service of remembrance planned by Dr. Giuricich’s family, click here.