College Mourns Death of Friar Great Dave Gavitt
Providence, R.I.--The Providence College community mourns the passing of Dave Gavitt ’89Hon., the Friars’ former men’s basketball coach and a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
A resident of Rumford, R.I., and Craigville, Mass., Mr. Gavitt died on Friday, September 16, after a long illness.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 21, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman St., Providence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 22, at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner St., Providence. Burial will be private.
The greatest athletics figure in College history, Mr. Gavitt was known for his extraordinary contributions to PC and to the world of basketball. But those who knew him best--including his friends at Providence College--recognized him foremost as a man of vision, integrity, truth, and dynamic human spirit.
A member of PC’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Mr. Gavitt served the College in numerous capacities. After working alongside the legendary Joe Mullaney ’65Hon. & ’68Hon. as the assistant men’s basketball coach in the early 1960s, he left the program to coach at his alma mater, Dartmouth, before returning as the Friars’ head coach from 1969-79. He also was athletic director from 1971-82.
Mr. Gavitt, who was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in business administration by PC in 1989, was a former member of the College’s Providence President’s Council, an advisory board to the president. He maintained a close friendship with the College throughout his lifetime, serving as a valued confidante and counselor to administrators, coaches, student-athletes, the Dominican Community, and alumni.
At Commencement Exercises in 2007, he was awarded the Veritas Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the College in gratitude for outstanding devotion shown to PC. He also gave the Commencement Address that year.
In January of that same year, the basketball court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence--where PC plays its home games--was named "Dave Gavitt Court" in his honor.
For more on the basketball and athletics contributions of Mr. Gavitt at PC and beyond, click here.