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WVU Basketball Pioneer Ed Harvard Dies



Ed Harvard, one of the first African-Americans to play basketball at WVU, passed away on Feb. 8, according to the university. Harvard played on West Virginia’s freshman team and played varsity from 1966-68.

Harvard recorded 32 games with the Mountaineers, reaching the 1967 NCAA Tournament and the 1968 NIT.

Harvard was preceded in death by his wife, Jacquline, and sister Renee Harvard. He is survived by one son, Ed Jr., two grandchildren, Christian and Emery, and siblings Joyce Harvard Smith, Virginia Harvard, Emmett Harvard and Noel Harvard.

A memorial service is planned for 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at Union Baptist Temple in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The funeral service will take place afterward. Mountaineer fans and teammates can send condolences to the family guest book on

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