Ellsworth Kissinger, 1956 USC Football Captain, Dies

    Ellsworth Kissinger taking a snap from USC teammate Mike Dowell.
    April 17, 2015

    Ellsworth Kissinger, a quarterback who co-captained the 1956 USC football team, died on April 12 in York, Penn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 79.

    Kissinger was a 3-year (1954-55-56) letterman and a member of the 1954 USC squad that played in the 1955 Rose Bowl. As a senior in 1956, he helped the Trojans go 8-2 and beat rivals Notre Dame and UCLA.

    A 3-sport star at William Penn High in York, he became a football coach after his USC days, beginning his career coaching the Eastern York County midget football team for 12 years (1963-74). He later became the first-ever head coach at Eastern York High (1976-80), as well as serving as the offensive coordinator at Central York High (1981-2000) and an assistant at Gettysburg College (1973-75). He returned to Eastern York as an assistant for 2 years (2001-02) before retiring from coaching. He was inducted into the York Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and also is in the William Penn High School Sports Hall of Fame.

    He also co-owned a corrugated box company until retiring in 2001.

    Kissinger is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue, his daughter, Julia, his son, Joseph, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a sister. He was preceded in death by his son, John.

    A memorial service is set for April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in York (1030 Carlisle Ave., York, Penn., 17404).