01/13/1933 - 01/26/2014

GOLA, Thomas J., a Representative from Philadelphia County; born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., January 13, 1933; graduated, LaSalle High School; B.S., LaSalle (University) College, 1955; cryptographer, Signal Corps, United States Army (1956-1958); player, Philadelphia Warriors, National Basketball Association (1955-1962); player, New York Knicks, National Basketball Association (1962-1966); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1966 and 1968; resigned from the House, January 4, 1970; head coach, LaSalle College men’s basketball team (1968-1970); elected, controller, Philadelphia (1971-1972); engaged in insurance and real estate; unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Philadelphia (1983); presidential appointee, regional director, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; died, January 26, 2014 in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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