Montclair, NJ (7/19/11) - Milton “Chick” Mirsky ‘41, who starred in four sports and was one of the earliest inductees into the Montclair State Athletic Hall of Fame passed away on Thursday, July 14 in Washington, DC. He was 95.
Mirsky was what would be considered today the rarest of athletes participating in football, basketball and baseball while also competing on the track and field team. On the gridiron he scored nine career touchdowns and was part of New Jersey collegiate football history when Montclair State played the first night football game at Sprague Field on October 3, 1941 under portable lights. Mirsky also competed at a high level on the basketball court scoring a school-record 850 points (11.0 points per game) as Montclair State posted went 53-27 during his four years. He was selected All American in basketball his senior year.
Mirsky then helped the track and field team to an outstanding record as Montclair lost just one dual meet in three years. He set a record in the high jump with a leap of six-feet, one-inch.
He was enshrined into the Montclair State Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the second induction class in 1972. Mirsky remained close to the University serving on the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee as well as the master of ceremonies for several inductions.
Mirsky recently returned to Montclair State in May and met with former teammate, classmate and friend James McGilvray ’41 as the two met and reminisced about their playing days in the newly-named Peter M. Altieri Hall of Fame Room in the Panzer Athletic Center.
Mirsky was born in 1916 in New Brunswick, NJ and was the son of Louis and Sophie Mirsky. He was an All-State and All Prep basketball player at New Brunswick High School and later Rutgers Prep. Mirsky graduated from Rutgers Preparatory School in 1937 and in 1941 from Montclair State University, where he received a B.A. in social studies.
Mirsky served in the Navy during World War II as an aviation cadet and physical instructor and then gunnery officer at sea. He received an honorable discharge as a lieutenant in 1946. He went on to become a distinguished athlete, coach, educator and administrator. Mirsky received his master of education from Rutgers University in 1964 and earned an additional 32 credits beyond his master's degree at New York University, specializing in public school administration. He taught physical education and social studies at New Brunswick High School for eight years. During his years at New Brunswick High School, he coached football, basketball and track and field teams, and was a popular and successful coach.
Mirsky became vice principal at Jamesburg High School and went on to be its principal for 11 years. He was also director of secondary education and the assistant superintendent of schools in Monroe Township. He retired from public school service in 1979.
Mirsky was also inducted into Rutgers Preparatory School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the New Brunswick High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He received numerous "Outstanding Coach" "Good Citizen" and "Outstanding Teacher" awards from civic, fraternal and other athletic organizations.
Mirsky was married to Lila Clarfield, who passed away in 1976. He worked with the New Jersey Secondary School Principals Association as well as other educational and charitable organizations after his retirement from public school service. He relocated to Rockville, MD in 2010. He is survived by sons, Steven and Richard Mirsky, and grandson Matthew Mirsky, from Bethesda, MD.