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Thomas A. McGurk, Jr.


Thomas A. McGurk, Jr. ’68, a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, earned a B.A. degree in economics. A three-year letterman with the DePauw basketball team, playing from 1966-68, McGurk left an impressive legacy. He ranks sixth in the all-time rebounding list and third in rebounds per game. McGurk also ranks 23rd on the all-time scoring list, 14th in points per game and 10th in career free throws.

During his career, he averaged a double-double and was selected to the Second Team All-Indiana Collegiate Conference in 1967 and 1968, as well as the Indiana College All Star team in 1968. As a senior, McGurk was honored with the Fred C. Tucker Award, given annually to an outstanding student-athlete. He also received the Most Competitive Player Award, voted on by teammates, in his sophomore, junior and senior years. As co-captain in 1968, McGurk led the team to win the Indiana Collegiate Conference and played in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Following graduation, McGurk and three partners purchased Steel Grip, Inc., a personal protective clothing manufacturer headquartered in Danville, Ill. Today, McGurk serves as treasurer of the privately-owned American industrial company. Additionally, he has remained an active member of his community, serving on multiple boards, such as the board of the Covington Community Foundation, Salvation Army board, Danville Area Community College Foundation and board of directors for the Bank of Western Indiana. He and his wife, Janet Ebershoff McGurk ’68, reside in Covington and are proud parents of three children: sons Drew and Kyle, and daughter Shannon.

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