David B. Coakley ’97 created the William T. Coakley Scholarship in December 2012 to support student athletes. This fund was established to honor his father. A native of Washington, D.C., William T. Coakley ’48 learned to box at the D.C. Police Boys Club and received an athletic scholarship to attend Maryland. Coakley was a promising boxer for Maryland’s boxing team, on which he served as co-captain in 1944 and 1945. After graduation, he went on to work for the Red Cross from 1950 until 1983. David B. Coakley aims to keep his father’s memory alive through a scholarship that will enable student athletes to succeed.
William T. Coakley ’48 graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in political science. During his time in College Park, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a promising boxer in the 127-pound weight class for the University’s boxing team. He served as co-captain of the boxing team in 1944 and 1945. A native of Washington, D.C., William T. Coakley was the third of six brothers and graduated from Central High School in 1940. As a young boxer, he learned to bob and weave at the D.C. Police Boys Club and received an athletic scholarship to attend Maryland.
After graduating from Maryland, William T. Coakley went on to work with the Red Cross from 1950 until 1983, serving in Korea, Japan, California and Ohio. In 1967, he became director of the Alexandria chapter of the Red Cross and in 1980 he co-founded an annual fundraiser, the Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival.
William T. Coakley’s son, David B. Coakley Ph.D. ’97 established an endowed fund in memory of his late father to support scholarships for student-athletes at the University.
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