Legendary Oxy Coach Grant Dunlap Passes Away

Legendary Oxy Coach Grant Dunlap Passes Away

Grant Dunlap ‘46, professor emeritus of physical education, died yesterday at his Vista home. He was 90.

A native of Stockton, Dunlap was signed by the Cincinnati Reds at age 17, beginning a pro baseball career that landed him briefly in the majors in 1953 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific and China during World War II before enrolling at Oxy in the V-12 program. Dunlap played for the Tigers during the 1944 season at shortstop, batting .464 and being chosen first-team All-Conference.

Dunlap returned to Occidental as a coach and professor in 1954. He coached basketball for 16 years, going 205-156 overall and winning five SCIAC championships. In his 30 years as the Tigers’ baseball coach, his teams posted a 510-316 record and won nine conference championships. He also served as Oxy’s athletic director from 1971 to 1976. He retired in 1984.

In 1998, Dunlap published a mystery novel, Kill the Umpire, loosely based on his days in the Texas League. He was a member of the Occidental baseball and basketball halls of fame (having founded the former in 1984) and was inducted into the Occidental Athletics Hall of Fame last year. He received the College’s Alumni Seal Award in 2001.

Dunlap is survived by his daughter Diane ’69; son Doug ’71; son-in-law and Board of Trustees Chair Chris Calkins ’67; and four grandchildren including Matthew Calkins ’96. Plans for a memorial are pending.