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A Tribute to Bob McKee ’50 and His Service at the PalestraThe March/April 2017 issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, Penn’s Alumni magazine, featured an eight-page article celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Palestra, also known as the “Cathedral of College Basketball.”

You can read it online here.

No history of the Palestra would be complete without prominently mentioning Bob McKee, Beta Pi ’50, his wife Dottie, and his son Bruce.

In the article, the Gazette recalls the contribution of Bob, who served as scorekeeper at the Palestra for 47 years. Over a period of 25 years, Dottie was responsible for updating the sponsor list on the scoreboard. Her responsibilities ended, at the age of 79, when a new scoreboard and video board were installed in 2011. Following Bob’s passing in 2005, Bruce assumed Bob’s duties as scorekeeper.

Dottie and Bob knew each other since the first grade. They spent many years at the Palestra performing their jobs for the sold-out crowds who enjoyed the magnificent players and the excitement of Big 5 basketball.

The Palestra was truly a “family affair” for the McKees. All of Beta Pi should take pride in the “behind the scenes” influence and contributions of Bob and his family toward college basketball’s greatest arena.