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Former Bears basketball player James Gorman passes away

Gorman was born on March 4, 1956 in Ridgeway, New Jersey and attended Severna Park High School in Severn, Maryland before becoming Morgan Bear.

Gorman was a versatile 6-5 shooting guard / forward as a member of the Morgan State basketball team from 1974 to 1978. He came in immediately after the Bears captured a DII National Championship and was an important part of the program's rise , as Morgan averaged 20+ wins a season during his career.

Gorman was a financial contributor to his alma mater and had a successful career in business. He has long been credited with the influential role of Morgan State; there is an excerpt from a basketball version of Chicken Soup For the Soul acknowledging precisely that fact.

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style= According to Jim's brother Bob, "Morgan State University broke the color barrier when Jim accepted a scholarship in 1974, and three years then as a starter, Jim returned the favor by helping the Morgan Bears win their first MEAC conference championship. And yes, as the only white player in the MEAC, the media referred to Jim as Morgan's polar bear. ".

Gorman was recruited and played for legendary head coach Nat Frazier. He played with and against many great players of that era in Maryland basketball history. He called Morgan State's Marvin Webster (The Human Eraser), Phil Pugh, Eric (Pencil) Evans and Billy Newton his teammates. Morgan was loaded.

James Gorman is survived by his wife Beverly Gorman; children, Sara, Brian, Jeffrey, Greg; and five grandchildren.

The Morgan Bear family sends our love and prayers to Mr. Gorman's family, friends and teammates.

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