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George Janky UD Hall of Famer, The Most Beloved Flyer, Died at 74

George Janky UD Hall of Famer, The Most Beloved Flyer, Died at 74

George Janky the most beloved Flyer of the University of Dayton died last Friday night at Kettering Medical center. George just three weeks ago was announced as one of the board members of Dayton 6. The University issued the following statement regarding his death-

“The University of Dayton mourns the passing of George Janky, whose career bridged the Fieldhouse and Arena eras. He was a Hall of Famer on the court and an even better Flyer off it. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

George Janky


The Big and Bulky member of the UD Hall of Fame, Janky, scored 910 points and rebounds 684 for the flyers in three varsity seasons from 1967 to 1970.

Janky just 11 days ago organized a celebration of life for Bill Stewie who died this past Summer. He played in the 1977 Notre Dame National Football Championship.

George Janky’s Early life, Education, and More Facts

George Janky was a 6’8″ tall man born was born in Chicago, Illinois. Janky was a bulky man and weighed 225 Ibs when playing. He was of American Nationality and belongs to the White Ethnicity. Janky’s Mother died the year before his senior year in High School. He felt that he was needed at home but his Dad Joe told him to go and do what was best for him. He then settled in Dayton with his wife Kim, daughters Katie, Kerry, and Madison, and five grandchildren. He once in his speech said Dayton was more than just a town where he played Basketball. It was his Home. Janky as a sportsperson does not like to talk about his personal life so there is little information available about his personal life.

Janky’s Achievements in his career And Professional Life

Don Donoher removed all the hurdles to select George Janky in the top five recruits in the nation from Chicago’s St. Rita High School. Janky once in his speech also said that he was the Best ever coach of his lifetime. He also organized several reunions of former UD Players to honor Donoher.

In 1968 flyers team Janky was a Sophomore center and won the National Invitational Tournament beating a big Kansas team, at Madison Square Garden. He made a 72-70 victory over Bowling Green scoring 26 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Dayton at the end of the season was a leading scorer and MVP of the team.

He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the sixth round of the 1970 NBA Draft. In 1993 he was enlisted in the UD Hall of fame. Janky was in the top 70 for scoring the most points in school history with 910 points in 82 games as reported by UD in 2021.

Reason for His Death

According to different sources, the reason behind his death has not been revealed yet. All we can pray is that his soul would rest in peace. He was truly a flyer for life.

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