Morris K. Udall

Inducted Class of 2000

Born in 1922, Morris K. Udall enrolled at the University of Arizona in 1940 and received his Bachelor of Laws With Distinction Degree in 1949. While at UA, he lettered in varsity basketball and was a starter at forward and center and the team captain. He was the top scorer in 1949 with 371 points in 18 games (13.2 average). Udall led his team to Border Conference championships in 1947 and 1948.

He played professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets in 1948-49 and was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1977. His public service accolades were vast. He was Pima County Attorney from 1951-61.

He became a U.S. Congressman in 1961 and was a candidate for president of the United States in 1976. He received the Centennial Medallion from the University of Arizona in 1989 as one of 100 distinguished alumni in the history of the institution; the University of Arizona Alumni Association Distinguished Citizen Award in 1976; and Alumni Appreciation Award in 1979. Morris Udall died December 12, 1998.