Calvin Maddox, Male Athlete of the Year in 1978, dies at age 54

Calvin Maddox was buried today, in the city where he won acclaim. The point guard on Dunbar’s 1977 and 1978 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference basketball champions, he was 54 years old.

Maddox, who lived in Baltimore, died Nov. 2 after battling diabetes for a number of years.

A three-sport standout at Dunbar, he was The Evening Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1978, after earning All-Metro honors in basketball, winning the MSA long jump and starring in football as a running back.

He attended Elizabeth City (N.C.) State, where he earned a physical education degree and led the basketball team to a title in the nation’s premier Division II conference. For more than 20 years, he worked as a correctional officer at a detention center in Washington.

“Calvin stopped working several years ago, because of his health,” his sister, Sharon Maddox, said. “Two years ago, he had several toes amputated, but he was doing good with it.

“He was a good brother. He was my buddy.”

Maddox, who was not married, is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren and eight brothers and sisters.

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