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posted 07.15.2013 at 3.17 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Hall of Famer, Hopkins Star Bunting Passes Away

Lloyd M. Bunting Jr.
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Lloyd M. Bunting Jr., a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, four-time All-American at Johns Hopkins and member of JHU's famed Class of 1950 men's lacrosse team, passed away July 6 at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson, Md. Bunting had been battling the effects of a staph infection for several months. He was 87.

Bunting was born in Baltimore and arrived at Johns Hopkins from Forest Park High School in the fall of 1946. He quickly established himself as one of the top men's lacrosse players in the nation. He earned first-team USILA All-American honors as a freshman, junior and senior and honorable mention status as a sophomore. He was the 1949 recipient of the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defenseman, was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team at the conclusion of his career and was elected into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1976. He was also named to the Lacrosse Magazine All-Century team.

Bunting helped the Blue Jays to four straight USILA national championships and Johns Hopkins never lost a game to a collegiate opponent during his career. In the storied history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program, the class of 1950 is often the benchmark by which all classes are measured.

While he is most well known for his efforts with the Blue Jay lacrosse program, Bunting was also a four-year standout for the Johns Hopkins football team as well. Bunting played offensive and defensive line and helped the Blue Jays to the 1948 Mason-Dixon Championship.

In addition to the Mason-Dixon title, the 1948 Johns Hopkins football team posted a 7-1 record and earned a bid to compete in the Tangerine Bowl (the team declined the invitation in accordance with the University's non-commercial views on athletics). A year later Bunting captained the team as a senior and wrapped up his career having led the Blue Jays to a four-year record of 21-10-1.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Glass Pavilion, next to Levering Hall, on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore.

Read more about Bunting in the Baltimore Sun, which published an obituary in its Sunday paper.