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Gordon A. Armstrong

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1969


Johns Hopkins University

Born in Baltimore on March 17, 1886, Gordon Armstrong first played lacrosse at Baltimore City College in 1903. While attending Johns Hopkins University, he played lacrosse for only one season, yet he was selected for the Johns Hopkins All-Time Team. He was a member of the Hopkins Intercollegiate Championship Team of 1908 and was selected for the Olympics but could not make the trip. He was secretary of the Johns Hopkins Athletic Association for three years.

After graduation in 1908, Gordon Armstrong played for the Johns Hopkins University graduate team for one year and then for the Mt. Washington team from 1909 to 1916. During these years he was a familiar figure in the Mt. Washington attack and was one of the leaders responsible for the great success of his team. He was captain of the team in 1915. He was noted for his effective face dodge and is on the Mt. Washington Club Honor Roll as one of its great players.

Armstrong helped start lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy and recommended their first professional coach. He worked with and encouraged the Mt. Washington Junior Team from 1910-1913. He was active for many years as a lacrosse official.

First with the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, he then went to Boston in 1920 and became manager of the Bond Department of the Employers' Liability Assurance Company until he retired in 1952. He was secretary of the Assurance Society of Massachusetts for three years. Armstrong and his wife, Clarisse, lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts until his death in 1967.