Hartford sports legend Doc Hurley dies

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Condolences are coming in from Gov. Dannel Malloy and others over the passing of Hartford sports icon Walter ‘Doc’ Hurley.

Hurley passed away Sunday at age 91.

Hurley spent decades helping needy students get money to attend college, thanks in part to fundraising from the Doc Hurley Basketball Classic.

“There are hundreds of people from throughout the Hartford area whose lives were transformed because of the higher education opportunities that Doc Hurley brought to their lives over the past several decades,” Gov. Malloy said in a statement.

The Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation said it’s given out more than $500,000 in scholarships to 550 students.

There has been trouble with the foundation recently. Last month the state of Connecticut sued over allegations of misuse of charity funds. Muriel Hurley-Carter was accused of using donations for personal expenses, including cash withdrawals and dog grooming.

Funeral arrangements have not been released.

“Doc” Hurley WAS Weaver High School. He valued education every bit as much as he valued athletics,” Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a statement. “Although we will miss ‘Doc’ Hurley, we are comforted by the legacy of service to our students that he leaves behind.”

“(Hurley) truly is a Hartford legend and is proof that one person can make a lasting, positive impact,” Gov. Malloy said.

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