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Don Hart


Inducted February 21, 1991

Don Hart compile a laudatory list of athletic achievements before turning to a business career and civic involvement which saw him serve 12 years as mayor of this city. In 1962, Sports Illustrated magazine named him to its Silver Anniversary All- American football team, a recognition to ex-athletes who later distinguished themselves in other fields, including public service. Hart earned four letters in football at Santa Barbara State (now UC Santa Barbara), three in track and field as a high jumper and javelin thrower, and two each in basketball and boxing. He was one of the first 12 ex-Gaucho athletes elected to the USCB Athletic Hall of Fame in 1961. Hart has received numerous awards for his humanitarian work and served under three Presidents on the nation Committee for the Handicapped.