Jerry is a graduate of Kittanning H.S. and attended Westminster College. Jerry played at Kittanning from 1944-48. He was Team captain and was named to the section and county all-star teams. At Westminster he played on a team which was in the middle of a 77 game home winning streak playing for legendary coach Grover “Pappy ” Washburn. As a junior he scored 228 pts and the team qualified for the NAIA National Basketball Tournament losing to Champion Evansville. In 1952 Jerry was killed in a automobile accident during his senior year.