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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
You Only Pass This Way Once, So Enjoy Yourself While You're Here.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1940
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
You Only Pass This Way Once, So Enjoy Yourself While You're Here.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1940
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball official William C. Baxter, Jr. was born on May 16, 1940 in Harlem, New York at Columbian Presbyterian Hospital. His parents were Christine Juanita Segee Baxter Phillips and William C. Baxter, Sr. Baxter’s father owned a hat business in New York City. Baxter attended St. Augustine College on a basketball scholarship and received his B.A. degree in physical education in 1962. During the 1960s, he played guard in the summer pro-leagues and began officiating high school games in New York City. In 1972, Baxter passed the examination to become a college referee and began officiating for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). In 1975, Baxter received his M.A. degree in recreation and education from Herbert Lehman College in New York City.

Baxter has worked as one out of approximately twelve African American officials in the New York-New Jersey region. He is also one of the first African Americans to become a basketball official for major college games. Baxter officiated at major annual tournaments for the NCAA. At the same time, Baxter served as Director of Recreation for the Department of Parks and Recreation in the Bronx, New York for thirty-seven years. In 2000, Baxter retired as an ECAC official, but continued to serve as a referee at the high school and junior college levels.

Baxter is married to Thelma Baxter. They reside in Englewood, New Jersey. They have two daughters, Dana and Dawn.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Baxter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Baxter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Baxter describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Baxter describes his family's hat business and his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Baxter describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Baxter describes his parents' hat store in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Baxter details his career as a recreation director and basketball referee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Baxter describes his maternal grandmother, May Segee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William C. Baxter describes his paternal grandfather, Dr. John E. Baxter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Baxter describes his three siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Baxter describes his childhood home and neighborhood in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Baxter describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Baxter describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Baxter describes New York City's Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Baxter recalls attending P.S. 157 and P.S. 68 in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Baxter remembers Harlem playground director, Holcombe Rucker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Baxter describes his two part-time jobs in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Baxter recalls attending Commerce High School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Baxter recounts his decision to attend St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Baxter describes his basketball scholarship to St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Baxter recalls playing basketball at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Baxter remembers his speech professor, Julia E. Delaney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Baxter talks about his summer jobs during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Baxter describes his major and his college basketball experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Baxter describes playing semi-pro basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Baxter describes teaching at a junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Baxter talks about his wife and two daughters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Baxter describes his work as recreation director for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Baxter talks about the growth of recreational facilities in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William Baxter talks about his various positions with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - William Baxter describes the rewards and challenges of his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Baxter describes conflicts between different ethnic groups at New York City's St. James Recreation Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Baxter describes being recreation director for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Baxter talks about his wife's career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Baxter talks about becoming a basketball officiate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Baxter describes his basketball referee training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Baxter describes the application process for a college basketball official
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Baxter describes his college basketball officiating career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Baxter talks about fellow African American basketball officials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William Baxter describes referee calls and the physical demands of refereeing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Baxter talks about officiating major tournaments and awards received
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Baxter describes his post-retirement activities and his role models
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Baxter reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Baxter describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Baxter describes people he has helped and his admiration for his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Baxter shares his advice for young people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Baxter describes how he would like to be remembered