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Walt Hazzard

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November 21, 2011
My deepest, most hearfelt sympathies to the entire family of Walt Hazzard.
November 21, 2011
Often people talk about the life and family Walt/Mahdi created after he arrived in California in 1960. Sometimes they miss the fact that he arose from roots planted in other places. He would not have been what he became without that foundation.
Walt Hazzard a.k.a.Mahdi Abdul Rahman was our big brother, the first child of Dr. Walter Raphael and Mrs. Alexina Ayers Hazzard, and he was raised for greatness. At our father's memorial, he talked about watching our Dad lead the procession of doctoral candidates as the lone black man in a sea of white faces at his graduation from Temple University in 1953. He said he knew then that he had to become a standard bearer too – one who would go where few dared to go. From our mother, who was an accomplished musician and a "friend of friends", Walt gained a passion for music and a heart of compassion and love.
Walt/Mahdi was an eloquent orator before his stroke in 1996. As a boy, he was featured as an unusually gifted speaker who often roused people to jump up and shout and stand in ovation. As a man, he was known to stand and extemporaneously deliver an impromptu speech with profundity and eloquence. He was a gym jock whom some assumed was only an athlete, not an intellectual; yet, he had been raised to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. Just as we did, he often rolled his eyes when our Dad asked one of his probing philosophical questions taken from a treatise by Plato or some other highbrow pundit. Nonetheless, that early cognitive prodding made Mahdi/Walt a profound thinker. As an athlete, he was spectacular; the Globetrotters tried to get him to join them because he could execute many of their tricks. He was an awesome shooter, on-court leader and play maker, and a startling passer. John Wooden as a coach never won anything of note before Walt Hazzard joined the UCLA Bruins. Walt was the first “Wizard of Westwood”. As an activist, he was in the middle of our parents' Civil Rights work beginning when he was 11 or 12 years old; he also championed fair wages, benefits, and conditions as a representative in the NBA Players Association. He was surrogate father to many children, providing guidance, advocacy, education, a home, and love.
We are proud to be the sisters of a great man, Walter Raphael Hazzard, Jr./Mahdi Abdul Rahman.
November 21, 2011
The words Jerry Buss said ''Walt was a man of extremely high Character, the word here is extremely high.
Mr. Hazzard was about something there was a purpose in his life he encourge people, he set standard. Our Heavenly Father, looks at familes that was his purpose to fill the earth with good familes. Hazzard was a great family man.
Let family find comfort in their relgious belief.
November 21, 2011
May God bless a tremendous athlete and a better person. We are all better individuals having known one of Philly's best representatives.

My condolences to the Family
November 21, 2011
Rest in Peace! Mr. Walt Hazzard
November 21, 2011
My prayers and sympathy go out to his family...rest in peace, Walt.
November 21, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 21, 2011
Just wish to offer my condolences to the family. May knowing that other care about your loss give you a measure of comfort .May the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comfort us in all our pain and sorrow comfort you now and in days ahead.
November 20, 2011
My condolences to the HAZZARD FAMILY at this sad time. RIP MR WALT HAZZARD.
November 20, 2011
Walt was a great player, both in college and in the pros. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. May God bless the Hazzard Family.

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Walt, Jalessa with Barbara and Elzie Lewis

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