WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Hal Lear, the sweet-shooting guard who starred for the Temple Owls in the 1950s and still holds the school record for points in a season, has died. He was 81.
Lear died at his home in White Plains, New York, on Saturday from a recurrence of prostate cancer and the effects of spinal stenosis, according to his wife, Maggie. He had been retired following a 30-year career at Albert Einstein School of Medicine as an executive administrator of the Department of Psychiatry.
Lear, who played prep ball at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, scored a school-record 745 points as a senior in the 1955-56 season, and his scoring average of 24.0 that year ranks fourth in Temple history. Lear, Mark Macon and Guy Rodgers are the only Temple players to average 20 or more points in two seasons.