Theodore G Scalissi, Sr

Theodore G Scalissi, Sr

Birth
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 6 Jan 1987 (aged 65)
Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 64098733 · View Source
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Ted Scalissi, one Madison Wisconsin's best athletes, died in Janesville, where he lived for the past 23 years. He was a football, basketball and track standout at Central High School from 1936-40. Later he excelled at Ripon College, where he was a Little All-America halfback in 1941 and 1946. A versatile athlete, he was named to Madison's all-city football team at guard as a junior in 1938 and at halfback the following season. At Ripon, he was a three-time all-Midwest Conference football halfback and basketball guard. He led Central to a share of the Big Eight Conference basketball championship in 1939 and to the school's first undisputed title in 12 years in 1940. Central went on to the state tournament that year and won the consolation championship. His collegiate career was interrupted by army service during World War II. He served 17 months in the European theater. During action in Germany, he was hit by shrapnel in the left leg, back, hands and face and received a field commission as a first lieutenant. He also was awarded a Purple Heart as well as Bronze and Silver Stars. Ted returned to Ripon in January of 1946 to pursue a college degree. The long layoff didn't affect his athletic abilities. He was presented the 1946-47 Jack Dempsey Trophy, awarded annually to Ripon's outstanding athlete and was inducted into that school's athletic hall of fame in 1982. He was enshrined in the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. Following graduation he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, but opted for a more lucrative offer from the Chicago Rockets of the All-American Conference. He also played for the old Oshkosh All-Stars professional basketball team. Later, he taught and coached at Plainfield, Mosinee and Two Rivers High Schools. He moved to Janesville in 1962 and taught physical education in the Milton Middle School until retiring in 1984. He also was one of the state's most respected basketball officials for more than 35 years and worked many Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournaments. Survivors include his wife, the former Betty Blanchar, two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren. Wisconsin State Journal, January 08, 1987.


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  • Created by: Sue
  • Added: 12 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64098733
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore G Scalissi, Sr (26 Oct 1921–6 Jan 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64098733, citing Milton Lawns Memorial Park, Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .