G. Douglas Talbott, 1924-2014

Squash Media October 19, 2014 7 Comments on G. Douglas Talbott, 1924-2014

G. Douglas Talbott (center), with sons Mark (left) and Dave (right). (image: Ham Biggar)

G. Douglas Talbott died on October 18, 2014. He had just celebrated his ninetieth birthday two weeks earlier. He was the father of the famous Talbott squash clan that includes sons Mark Talbott and Dave Talbott and daughter Polly Talbott’s husband Ming Tsai.

Doug Talbott swam at Yale while in the class of 1946. His father was the captain of the 1914 Yale football team and both of his sons worked there: Dave has been the men’s squash coach since 1983 and Mark, after a Hall of Fame squash career, was the women’s coach for six years. After going to Columbia Medical School and serving three years in the Air Force, Doug Talbott—usually called Doc—moved back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where he worked as a cardiologist. In the 1970s he moved first to Baltimore and then to Atlanta, as he became a national leader in treating drug and alcohol addictions for healthcare professionals.

Talbott loved playing squash. He won the Dayton city championships and Ohio state veterans singles and doubles titles and for many years was a nationally ranked masters player. When he won the 1965 Ohio vet singles title, it was noted that “a swift serve that regularly found the corners finally saw him through.” He served on the board of US Squash in the 1960s and, after moving to Atlanta, helped found the Southeastern SRA. In 2002 he was the first recipient of the Dayton Squash Racquets Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He also built a court in the Florida Keys, which was the southernmost court in the country.

Talbott passed his love onto his children at an early age. He and his wife perfected an unusual parenting technique. They had a squash court in their house on Runnymede Road in Dayton, originally built by Doug Talbott’s father. It had no door—the only way to enter was via a ladder from above. They put all six of their children into the court and then pulled up the ladder. As Dave said, “there was always food and water up by the tin.”

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  1. Andrew and Janet Alberts October 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    We only knew him briefly. However, he was a delightful person. He will be missed by all.

  2. Tony Tipps October 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Spent a few hours in the squash ct. On Runnymeade Rd. Doccy lit up the room when he entered, never a dull moment with Team Talbott! The genes in that family, all atheletes!I

  3. Eben Hardie October 23, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Doc was the founding vision behind the SESRA. he knew everyone at a national level, and made us relevant.
    that picture was probably taken in either ’81 or ’82. I still have that shirt.
    Doc was also the first person to approach Brian Dyson on behalf of squash, which morphed into Coca Coal sponsoring the US Nationals in squash for about 8 years.
    And they sponsored the Southeastern Squash Championships for about 15 years.
    at the end of the day, the best part about being around Doccy was that he always seemed to take a positive approach. Even when any of us was full of sh!t.
    He and Polly raised a great group of kids, and that is their true legacy.

  4. Ricki Hill October 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Obviously a Dedicated Father! Love the story about having

    A squash court at home! For the family. I remember his son Mark

    Trying to play squash ( ‘softball’ you call it’, on the European Tour,

    Not much joy Bless him ) Around the same time Jehangir was

    Winning on both sides of the Atlantic. I guess “Hall of Fame

    reference” Must be with regard to American 70+…Hardball.

    Lovely story though About a loving Dad. RIP Mr Talbott.

  5. Ferez Nallaseth October 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    To Mark and Dave,

    I just read of the sad news of your Dad Doc’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and also convey them to your sister Polly. Doc was a pillar of Squash and did much to build its presence in the Southeast. I know that he was largely responsible for building 2 of the best players in the Americas. On those occasions that my ‘straggling’ team mates Bill Wellnitz, Don Potter, Les Case, Libby Case, and I managed to drive in from such ‘far flung’ lands (for Squash) as Athens, Augusta, Aiken and Columbia Doc was one of those whom we looked forward to meeting and sharing a beer with on Saturday night celebrations.

    Although it will not be easy, knowing both of you, I know that you find it in yourself to weather this sad occasion and go on for your extended family – on and off the court.
    Please let me know if there is anything we can do.

    Kind regards,


  6. Lois Bush Reeves February 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

    To David, I just found this post on the web and wanted to send my condolences on your father’s passing last fall. I know your mom and dad were very special people to have raised such a loving family. Take care, Lois

  7. jenet mullins (kimmel) June 28, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    OH my, how many times a year I think of you boys and the years of fun I had in the Runnymede House with Wendy and the rest of your wonderful family. I was truly saddened to read of your dad’s passing. He was always so kind to me. His early advice to me “was eat banana”…funny how memories work.
    My best to you and your family.

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