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'Mr. Maryland' Passes Away

Jack Heise, a 1947 Maryland graduate and longtime supporter of the Maryland athletics department, passed away in his sleep on Monday night.

Heise formerly served as the president of the M Club, the Terrapin Club, the Maryland Alumni Association and the Maryland Educational Foundation. At one time, he was a board member of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. He later served as voluntary legal counsel for the M Club, a group that provides "former Terrapin athletic letter winners the opportunity to continue to be involved in Maryland athletics once their eligibility has expired," according to the M Club Web site.

A retired attorney who lived in Bethesda, Heise was inducted into Maryland's Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2007. During his days as a student at Maryland, Heise was a manager for the basketball team and played lacrosse.

Heise was a constant presence at Maryland football and men's basketball games, attending contests home and away. He also attended all women's basketball home games.

"I’m a fervent fan and it’s a major part of our life,"­ Heise said in the fall 2007 edition of Terp Magazine. "That’s why I got the name 'Mr. Maryland.' "

By Steve Yanda  |  October 6, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
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This is very sad news.

First Bob Novak and now Jack Heise. Maryland is losing some of its greatest supporters recently, men who stuck with the school through thick and thin.

The sidelines at Maryland games won't be the same without either of these men.

Posted by: CapsNut | October 6, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

My condolences to Mrs. Heise, his children and grandchildren. His fervent love and support of Maryland Athletics will be missed!

It was always a pleasure seeing both Mr. and Mrs. Heise at Maryland games. I agree with CapsNut - the Terps games won't be the same with out him!

Posted by: TerpGrad | October 6, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Jack Heise was also one of the original founders of Sigma Chi at MD and instrumental in getting the house back on campus--which finally occurred just last week, after almost a decade off campus. MD Sigs are well represented on Terps Insider, including Barno, Fusheezi, aviscardo, jpfterps, putnam, h1dynasty. We send our deepest condolences to his family.

R.I.P Jack.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I only knew Jack to say hello. But I knew of Jack as Mr. Maryland. We could use more Jack's supporting the Terps.

Rest in peace, Jack

Posted by: JoeR123 | October 6, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Atleast Larry David is still alive and well, and putting out quality entertainment to represent the UMD Alum well.

Of course, as an alum, I always represent UMD 110%.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Poopy - this specific post is not the place for your sarcasm! Mr. Heise and his family deserve respect!

Posted by: TerpGrad | October 6, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Ignore that moron.

Posted by: brianxp | October 6, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What a great guy---------a true Terp------player , fan ,advisor, Graduate . He was truly an inspiration to all who knew him and will always be remembered at College Park and on the athletic fields we play on. (also board meetings of the many Terrapin organizations) RIP Jack

Posted by: artbrzostowski | October 7, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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