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Maury Phipps

Maury Phipps

Grays Harbor College
Class of 1989

An educator most of his life, Maury Phipps graduated from the Black Hills Teachers College in South Dakota then attended the University of Oregon where he met Dr. Goerge Hall – who had recently been named president at Grays Harbor College.

A year later, Hall asked Phipps to join him at GHC and named him Director of Student Affairs. Phipps was instrumental in the development of the school’s cafeteria, student union facilities and the book store.

Phipps also served as athletic commissioner for GHC and was a link between the athletic department and the Choker Booster Club.

The first two years of the WSJCAC went without any bylaws until the spring of 1948 when Phipps along with Executive Secretary Jim Ennis of Everett JC and Dave DuVall of Skagit Valley wrote the original WSJCAC constitution governing scholarship limits, grade eligibility requirements and overall philosophy of the conference's athletic programs.

Phipps also had a stint as GHC’s golf coach and was coaching when NWAC Hall of Fame member Ann Swanson became the first female to play on a men's community college golf team in the Pacific Northwest.

Phipps was very committed to his community where he was an active member and served on the board of directors in several organizations including the YMCA, Boy Scouts and the United Good Neighbors. He also served on the housing authority and assisted in the development the senior citizens’ facilities in the Aberdeen area. In retirement, Phipps served as the president of the Grays Harbor Country Club.

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