Thomas Mears of Washington is a native of Wheeling, WV., where he attended Linsly Institute and participated in football and basketball before his graduation in 1940. He received All-City honors in both sports.

He received a scholarship to Washington & Jefferson College and led the freshman basketball team in scoring.

Mears was a member of the 1943 W&J team under head coach Adam Sanders which was last-seeded in the National Invitational Tournament in 1943. But the Presidents finished third by upsetting top-seeded Creighton University and defeating Fordham University in the consolation game after bowing to Toledo in the semifinals.

Mears, a 1944 graduate of W&J, also played basketball in the service and in semi-pro ranks from 1949 through 1951. He is a former member of the Washington Fire Department and was employed in the security department at Fairmont Supply Co

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