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John H. Paige

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1960


Colgate University

Paige was born in 1908 in Ogdensburg, New York and attended Ogdensburg Free Academy, graduating in 1926. Moving on to Colgate University, John received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930. While at Colgate, he played basketball and football as well as lacrosse, but lacrosse was his main love and he played on the team from 1927-1930, making the All-American team in 1930. John was field captain of the All-American team, which played a series of games that year with the Canadian champions in Toronto.

After leaving Colgate, he continued playing at the Crescent Athletic Club and was captain of the 1938 team. He also played in the Olympic Trial games in the 1932 and 1936 seasons.

John spent his entire career in the telephone business. He held various positions with the New York Telephone Company, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and the Wisconsin Telephone Company, of which he became vice-president of public relations and merchandising.

During the many years that John spent with the New York Telephone Company and lived in the East, he was extremely active in all phases of lacrosse. He held all of the offices of the USILA, starting with secretary and ending with president, and was a member of the Executive Committee for many years until he moved West in 1948.

Perhaps, what everyone will remember most in John's career in lacrosse administration was his significant role in starting the North/South All-Star Game just before World War II. John, along with several lacrosse figures, created and developed this game into what it became today. John was married in 1935 to Lois Ferguson and they had five children - Joan, Margaret, William F., Elisabeth, and John H. Jr.