George Haines Dies At 64
July 22, 2008
George E. Haines Jr., 64, of Gladwyne, Pa., died on
July 16 of pneumonia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough,
A retired teacher and coach, Haines was a two-time winner
of the N.J. Amateur (1968 and '79) and also qualified
to play in the U.S Open at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. At
that time he was the only player to win the N.J. Amateur in
match and stoke play. He also played in 20 Canadian
Amateurs and seven British Amateurs.
Haines was known in USGA circles as an accomplished player
(10 U.S. Amateurs and the one Open) and talented writer.
From the mid 1970s until the 1990s he authored
The Golf School
historical section of the
, which at one time served as the USGA's official
publication. Haines also wrote
USGA Championships Held At Merion
Born on Aug. 8, 1943, Haines grew up in Far Hills, N.J.,
and belonged to Somerset Hills Country Club and Merion Golf
Club. He was a math teacher and coached six sports
from 1976 until he retired in 1989 from The Haverford
School in Merion, Pa. He coached the 1982-83 Squash team to
a National Title. He and his team share a place in the
Haverford School Athletic Hall of Fame.
"He loved golf, he loved squash. He was just a great
coach," his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth, told the
Haines was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and
qualified in the NCAA championships in both golf and squash
before earning a degree from the University of
Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1965.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, a son, George, and a
grandson. In addition to his wife and son, Haines is
survived by his parents, Audrey and Robert Johnson; two
sisters and a brother.
Services and burial are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Neurology
at Pennsylvania Hospital, 301 S. Eighth St., Suite 4B,