Former UConn Basketball Standout Art Quimby Passes Away

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Art Quimby passed away on Monday.
    Art Quimby passed away on Monday.

    Dec. 7, 2010

    STORRS, Conn. - Former University of Connecticut men's basketball standout Arthur R. "Art" Quimby passed away on Monday.

    Quimby enjoyed a tremendous career at Connecticut from 1951-55 and led the NCAA in rebounding at 22.6 boards per game in 1954. He was second in the national in rebounding in his senior year of 1955 at 24.4 per game.

    Quimby holds the NCAA all-time record for a rebound average by a senior (24.4) and that mark ranks third overall. His career average of 21.5 rebounds per game is the fifth-best mark in NCAA history and a UConn career record.

    He is the seventh all-time leading rebounder in NCAA history at 1,716 - which remains the UConn record.

    Quimby scored a total of 1,398 career points at UConn. He was a three-time All-Yankee Conference pick in 1953, '54 and '55 and a two-time All-New England pick in 1954 and '55.

    He was a member of four varsity team that were 80-19 overall with an NCAA bid in 1954 and first-ever NIT bid in 1955. He was selected in the 1955 NBA Draft by the Rochester Royals.

    Quimby was named to UConn Basketball All-Century Team in 2001 and was also part of the inaugural class of "Huskies of Honor in 2007".

    A native of New London, Conn., Quimby attended New London Buckley High School, where he led the team to undefeated state and New England championships as a senior.

    Quimby spent many years in Educational Administration in Connecticut, retiring as Superintendent of Schools for the Vocational Technical Schools in the State of Connecticut.

    Potter Funeral Home in Willimantic, Conn., (456 Jackson Street) is in charge of arrangements. There will be a visitation on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 12:00 p.m. with a service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.