Lamar Heard Has Passed
As I am sure most who read this publication know already, former Dawg captain and an important member of the 1982-83 Final Four team Lamar Heard passed away last week at age 55. The writer will remember not only Lamar’s ability on the court – his quick hands, defensive prowess, his ability to rebound and score when needed – but also his big smile, his openness, his lack of ego, his friendliness…. His death is a great loss for the Bulldog family, as well as for me personally and several of my friends who knew him well.
Georgiadogs.com did a very nice article in remembrance of Lamar. “Lamar was just a really good person,” said former Georgia head coach Hugh Durham. “I remember how close Lamar was to his family, and I know they were really proud of him, not just because he played basketball at Georgia but because he was a solid individual.” Coach Durham sure got that right.
“When Lamar stepped across the line, he was like the glue for our team, particularly that team his senior year,” Durham said. “We had a lot of really good players on that team, and Lamar was one of them, but those other guys wouldn’t have been as good as they were without Lamar on the floor and in the locker room. That’s one of the things I’ll always remember about him. If you ask anyone who was the stud rebounder on that team, just about everyone would think about Terry Fair. I think Terry had something like 225 rebounds and Lamar has 224. (Fair actually had 224 and Heard had 223). Terry Fair was a beast, but if Terry Fair was a beast, what was Lamar Heard?” Perhaps, Lamar was underappreciated by some, but not by those who know the game; he was an integral part of that Final Four squad and an even better person.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: