Dr. Huber Grimm, a member of the Seattle University Athletic Hall of Fame, died Friday at age 90, according to the school.
Grimm was the physician for the SU athletics department for 30 years.
“Dr. Grimm is one of those legendary figures in the Seattle U history books,” Redhawks athletics director Bill Hogan said. “He was revered by so many and his long loyalty to the university is a terrific example for all of us moving forward. He will be missed.”
Grimm was born on Sept. 6, 1920 and graduated from Centralia High School before enrolling at the University of Washington in 1938. He was a member of the Huskies’ freshman football team and later enrolled at the San Francisco College of Embalming, receiving his license as an embalmer and funeral director and he worked as a circuit embalmer for numerous funeral homes throughout the Seattle area during World War II.
Dr. Grimm enrolled at Seattle University in 1942 and received his bachelor’s degree in 1945. He went on to receive his medical degree from Saint Louis University in 1949 and returned to Seattle to earn his certification in general practice and general surgery from Providence Hospital in 1951.
He served as the SU team physician as well as the team physician at Seattle Prep High School. Along the way, he provided care to some of the greats of Seattle University men’s basketball history, including the O’Brien twins, Elgin Baylor, Eddie Miles, Tom Workman, Clint Richardson and Carl Ervin.
Dr. Grimm also served as a physician in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1952-54, achieving the rank of captain and he was a surgeon and Medical Commander at Camp Irwin in Barstow, Calif. After leaving the Army, he opened his medical practice in Seattle, which he held for 42 years, retiring in 1996. In that time, he delivered thousands of babies and provided medical assistance to underpriviledged families and served on several professional boards. Dr. Grimm was Past President of the Washington State Academy of Family Physicians, King Count Blue Shield, King County Medical Services Corporation and the Washington State Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Grimm is actually a three-time member of the Seattle U Athletic Hall of Fame, being elected as an individual and as a member of two teams. He was also named a Legend of First Hill in 2008 and was a charter member of the Seattle Seafair Clowns and Past President of the Associated Seattle University Graduates Club.
Dr. Grimm is survived by his wife Mary, his 10 children and their spouses, 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Seattle University will honor Dr. Grimm with a moment of silence prior to Tuesday’s men’s basketball game against Washington at KeyArena, which begins at 7:10 p.m. The Grimm family has asked that remembrances be made to the Seattle University Athletics Department.