Announcing the passing of Gerry Lahanas, former Scripps faculty and CMS coach

Posted: October 13, 2015

Dear Scripps College Community,

I am writing to share the sad news of the passing of Gerry Lahanas, a former Scripps faculty member and an important figure in the history of the Claremont Mudd Scripps athletics program. Indeed, together with Dr. William “Bill” Arce, Gerry shaped the first women’s teams for CMS. We learned from an alumna that Gerry passed away over the weekend of October 3-4.

Gerry was an associate professor of physical education at Scripps College from 1957 to 1983.  She was the primary administrator responsible for guiding Scripps when they joined the Claremont-Mudd team in 1976 to become Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. From 1968 to 1981 she served as CMS’ women’s tennis coach, and she was inducted into the CMS Hall of Fame on November 11, 2006. Every year in February, the current Athenas take on alumnae as part of the eponymous 2015 Gerry Lahanas Alumnae Classic.

Scripps College, the CMS athletics family, and the wider Claremont community were fortunate to have benefitted from Gerry’s skill, expertise, passion for coaching, and dedication to her student-athletes, which continued on past her retirement and continue to resonate today through an endowed scholarship in her name.

She is remembered by her colleagues and former students for her big smile and her laughter, her strong leadership, and her invaluable role as an exceptional mentor to generations of Athenas.

Per Gerry’s partner, Coach Lahanas’ wishes were for any remembrances to be made to the scholarship, the Helen G Lahanas Scholarship Fund.


Amy Marcus-Newhall

Interim President

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