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Irving B. Lydecker

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1960


Syracuse University

Lydecker attended Nyack High School, and then went on to Syracuse University, where he graduated with a law degree in 1922.

While at Syracuse, Irv played lacrosse in 1920, 1921, and 1922, captaining the 1922 team which won the Intercollegiate Championship and he was named All-American that year.

In 1923, Irv went to Europe and played against Oxford and Cambridge and other universities. The team won the International Lacrosse Cup. Irv stayed with the Crescent Club and was an active player through 1934.

Besides Irv's lacrosse activities, he was also captain of the basketball, football and baseball teams at the Nyack High School during his senior year.

In 1925 and 1926, Irv was the coach of the Harvard University lacrosse team. Irv officiated in many intercollegiate games from 1927 through 1933. He was extremely active in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), serving on many different committees and was president in 1932.

From 1935-39, Irv went back to coaching at White Plains (N.Y.) High School.

Irv's entire professional life was spent in the legal field. He was a clerk in a law office in New York from 1922-25. In 1925, he opened his own law office in White Plains. During World War I, Irv enlisted in the United States Air Force and was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1918.

Irv Lydecker passed away in 1964.