Edwin Urolatis – CIA
A former Brockton High star basketball center, Edwin J. Urolatis, 28 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Urolatis, 12 Huntington Street, was among the 14 “air force personnel and civilian consultants” on the plane which crashed at 11:30 a. m. Thursday in the mountains at Las Vegas, NV. It was presumed by authorities that all persons died.
According to his brother, Albin A. Urolatis of Dickerman road, North Easton, the family was notified by telephone from Washington, D.C., lat Thursday night that the Brockton man was on the plane which crashed while on a flight to the Nevada atomic proving grounds.
Urolatis had been employed for eight months as a civilian technical expert by the air force, according to his brother, but the work was so secret that members of his family didn’t even know the nature of it or where the young man was located.
The Brockton man was extremely well liked by all who knew him. He was of a quiet, unassuming nature except when on the basketball court. Then antics coupled with his expert play provided hilarious moments for fans of Brockton High School and Brown University.
A graduate of Brockton High School with the class of 1946, he was a guard on the basketball second team during his sophomore and junior years. During the summer of 1945, according to Arthur E. Staff, who was then coach, Urolatis spent several hours every day except Sunday at the YMCA, perfecting his basket shooting.
Recalls Playing Days
Mr. Staff recalls that during the 1945-46 season he shifted Urolatis to center because of his then expert ability at scoring with one-handed shots. This championship 1946 team, captained by Jack Sarson, went into the Tech tourney and reached the semi-finals. New Bedford High defeated them 34-33 and then the Whalers went on to win the tourney championship.
The retired coach of BHS basketball recalls that young Urolatis had an opportunity to tie or win that game. With only two seconds of play left, Urolatis was fouled and had two free shots. In those days, continued the mentor, a coach couldn’t do any coaching from the sidelines and as Urolatis stepped up for his first free throw, Staff says, it was all he could do to keep from shouting to him to shoot one hand as the youth prepared for a two-handed shot. He says both shots missed and the youth left the floor broken hearted.
“He was one of the greatest players, sportsman and gentleman that I ever coached,” Mr. Staff declared this morning.
After graduating from Brockton High in 1946, Urolatis went to Brown University, where he majored in Russian history, and played basketball. Graduating in 1950, he studied two years at Columbia University in the liberal arts course for a doctor’s degree, but left to take a position as an advertising salesman for Proctor & Gamble. Having applied in the meantime for this highly secret job.