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George R. Pfann

Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: Marion, Marion County, Ohio, United States
Death: December 17, 1996 (94)
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, United States
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Son of John M. Pfann and Ada Roberts
Husband of Betty Wyckoff
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About George R. Pfann

Never beaten, never tied. Such was the varsity record of Cornell quarterback George Pfann, in 1921, 1922, and 1923. An ideal combination of brains and brawn, the 5-9, 172-pound Pfann gave coach Gil Dobie plenty to smile about over a three-season career in which the Big Red out-scored the competition by an incredible 1051-81 margin in 24 games. Pfann and fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Kaw gave Cornell one of the nation's slickest backfield combinations as Cornell ran roughshod over the competition. In 1921, sophomore Pfann and junior Kaw led Cornell to one-sided scores such as 110- 0, 55-0, 41-0, 59-0, and 41-7. In 1923 Pfann was captain and scored 15 touchdowns in eight games. He also was on Cornell's lacrosse and basketball teams. After graduating in 1924, he studied law two years while serving as Cornell's freshman basketball coach and assistant football coach.

He completed his study in law as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. He became United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and also served as Swarthmore football coach 1931-35. He was a lieutenant colonel on the staff of General George Patton in World War II and was decorated with seven battle stars. After the war Pfann resumed his law practice and for the period 1964-76 was a professor of law at Cornell University. George Pfann was born Oct. 6, 1902, in Marion, Ohio. He died Dec. 17, 1996 in Ithaca, NY, at the age of 94.


George R. Pfann (October 6, 1902 – December 17, 1996) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Cornell University, where he starred as a quarterback and was twice named an All-American. Before graduating from Cornell in 1924, Pfann also played on the lacrosse and basketball teams, and was elected to the Sphinx Head Society. He then studied law at Cornell while serving as an assistant football coach and freshmen basketball coach. Pfann completed his law degree at Brasenose College, Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. From 1931 to 1935, Pfann was the head football coach at Swarthmore College, compiling a record of 8–26–1. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1957.

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October 6, 1902
Marion, Marion County, Ohio, United States
December 17, 1996
Age 94
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, United States