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CHRIS THOMFORDE '69: Former star forgoes hoops for higher calling

Monday, November 26, 2007
By Peter Tucci Princetonian Staff Writer

For most basketball players, making the NBA is a dream come true. But when Chris Thomforde '69, a former All-Ivy center on the men's basketball team, got offers to play for the NBA's New York Knicks and the ABA's New York Nets, he turned them down.
"I was sort of tired of playing," Thomforde said.

Instead, the six-foot, nine-inch Thomforde chose to pursue his other passion — his Lutheran religion. In August 2006, after three decades as a Lutheran pastor and scholar, the basketball star-turned-academic became the 15th president of Moravian College, a small Lutheran liberal arts college in Bethlehem, Pa ...


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