His No. 14 was the first to be retired in Rutgers basketball history, and for good reason. Lloyd averaged 26.6 points a game for his career, amassing 2,045 career points and, along with a guard named Jim Valvano, led the 1966-67 Scarlet Knights to a third-place finish in the NIT.

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I had the honor of attending grammar school with Bobby Lloyd. We were in the same class for six years. Then we went to the same junior and senior high schools.

I can’t say I was an intimate of Bobby, but I knew him. I was in his house a few times. I watched him shoot basketball in his back “yard,” which was actually partly sloped downward toward a parking garage. So—yes—as has been written, Bobby had to shoot from various heights and angles, which may have helped hone him into the fantastic natural basketball star he was and became. There was also a second basket, against a rear area, more level like a court. (There are Google Earth photos of the old and aging training area—probably to soon vanish. I have them.)

I was still aware of Bobby Lloyd in the upper grades, where he seemed very successful. I want to give him due credit for his exemplary life and success in school, the NBA, and business.

First, who is he?

Robert E. Lloyd
The V Foundation

An extremely successful businessman and basketball player, Bob Lloyd has served as chairman of the board for The V Foundation since 1994.

He was named Sports Humanitarian of the Year in 2005 by the New Jersey Sports Writers Association, as well as being selected to the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Rutgers’ first basketball All-America honoree as a senior in 1967, Lloyd went on to play two seasons of professional basketball with the New York Nets before embarking on a business career. Bob and Jim Valvano were college roommates and teammates at Rutgers University.

Lloyd was the chairman and CEO of Mindscape, a developer and publisher of entertainment, educational and reference consumer software for personal computers, from 1990-95. He spent the following two years as the company’s non-executive chairman of the board.

Before taking over as chairman and CEO at Mindscape, Lloyd served as president and CEO of Data East, Inc., from 1982-90. He previously worked as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Curley-Bates, Inc., and as vice president of sales and manager of market planning and research for Spalding Sports Company. Lloyd began his business career as a district representative for General Electric.

During his All-America basketball career, Lloyd averaged 26.5 points per game, still a Rutgers record. He led the nation with a .921 free throw percentage in 1966-67, making 255 of 277 attempts. In 1987, Lloyd became the first Rutgers athlete to have his jersey retired.

There is also a Wikipedia article about Bob “Robert” E. Lloyd.

Bobby always seemed to me, “a good kid.” A fine person. We had been in the same Cub Scout Pack. He was always involved in sports, and in school government and other activities. In all these endeavors Bobby displayed a good-natured, natural leadership.

Bobby Lloyd was a fine person and seemed to come from a fine family. His mother worked as assistant to the principle of our grammar school. She was especially wonderful and helpful to me whenever I had to visit the school office. He had a distinguised older brother who was also a basketball star. He had a very serious, beautiful, older sister whom I remember as always carrying school books. His father had a dignified company delivery route. Bobby came from ordinary, 1950s roots.

Bobby may have come from a working class family, of the 1950s, but he went on to excel spectacularly, seemingly in all his endeavors.

I wanted to wish Bobby Lloyd (born 1946) my very best.

Many of our former classmates have died—perhaps half the graduating class of 1963. So many of us from back then—America’s Golden Age—are gone forever. As is that golden age, gone, forever.

I think of Bobby, Eddie, Tommy, Joey, Harry, Ellen, Joy—and all the others. I still have the class photo from grammar school. I still have photos of these former friends from the early 1950s at birthday parties, scouts, and other happy days.

And it breaks my heart that those times and people are all gone. Some friends are deceased, and some are altered irrevocably by the lives they’ve lived. The times can never be relived. Only remembered.

I’m glad some of us made it through.

I’m glad some of us were successful. I’m glad Bobby Lloyd lived-up-to the amazing example he set all his life. In the example of Bobby Lloyd, it all seemed graceful and effortless, although I know he worked extremely hard.

Best wishes, Bobby.

In fact, best wishes to us all.