USC's 1942 Men's Basketball Team Captain Bob Ormsby Dies

    Bob Ormsby on his first visit to the Galen Center.
    Sept. 8, 2014

    USC's 1942 men's basketball team captain and MVP Bob Ormsby, a two-time Trojan scoring leader, died on Sept. 3 at the age of 93 at his home in Long Beach, Calif.

    Ormsby played at USC from 1939-42, averaging over 10 points per game on the freshman team during the 1938-39 season and then lettering on the varsity squad from 1940-42. The 1940 team finished first in the Pacific Coast Conference and advanced to the NCAA semifinals where they lost to Kansas, 43-42.

    The Trojan forward led USC in scoring in 1941 and 1942 with a 9.4 points per game average each season and was named All-PCC Southern Division in 1942.

    Ormsby never lost to UCLA during his career (12-0) and was part of USC's 42-game winning streak against the Bruins from 1932-43.

    He is survived by his wife Audrey, brother Louis, sister Ruth, children David, Diane, Donna, Barbara and Daniel and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    A celebration of his life will be held on Nov. 8. For more information about the event, please send an e-mail to