Attallah A. Kidess standing with two tennis players
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This photograph shows Dr. Attallah Alexander “Ted” Kidess (center) standing with two members of the Springfield College men's tennis team. The two players are holding their tennis rackets. The date of the picture is not given, but it most likely was taken sometime between 1948-1958, since this is when Kidess coached the men's tennis team. He ended his coaching career with 68 wins, 34 losses and 1 tie for a .665 winning percentage. Kidess was born in Jerusalem on December 25, 1910. He earned his BS in pre-medicine from Queens College in Oxford, England (1933), his MA in physical education from Springfield College (1935), and his doctorate from Springfield College (1958). From 1935 to 1947, he served as director of health, physical education, recreation and athletics at the Jerusalem YMCA. During this time, he was also the country’s national soccer coach and national tennis coach. He even coached and was captain of the Middle East Soccer Team during the 1936 Olympics. Kidess returned in 1948 as a faculty member to Springfield College, where he dedicated himself to international education. He served the college in a variety of capacities, perhaps most notably as the founder and director of the Doggett International Center, until his retirement in 1978. Dr. Kidess passed away on May 25, 1999
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Kidess, Attallah A
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