PHILADELPHIA - Penn Football and the entire University of Pennsylvania Athletics family is mourning the death of Bernie Lemonick W'51, who passed away on Friday morning. The former player and coach was a lifelong supporter of his alma mater.
"We are incredibly saddened by the loss of such an iconic member of the Penn Football family in Bernie Lemonick," said Penn's George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Ray Priore. "Bernie had illustrious careers both as a player and coach, and continued his unparalleled support of Penn Football as an alum. Bernie will forever be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the Red and Blue, and we could not be more thankful for that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lemonick family at this time."
Lemonick was regarded as one of the best linemen in the nation during his brilliant playing career from 1948-50. He wasnamed to several All-America teams after his senior season and played in the East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bowl, and for the NFL’s College All-Star team against the Cleveland Browns.
In an era when newspaper wire services chose national players of the week, Lemonick was selected once in 1949 (vs. Dartmouth) and once in 1950 (vs.Wisconsin) as the National Lineman of the Week. In 1985, he received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
A native of Philadelphia, Lemonick returned to Penn as an assistant football coach for five seasons, and was the defensive line coach for the school’s first Ivy League championship team in 1959.
Following his playing and coaching career,Lemonick served as the head of the Mungermen (varsity football letterwinners who played under George Munger) and served as Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania/Cornell University Trustees Cup annual awards dinner.
Lemonick was inducted into the inaugural class of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, and also received the 1996 University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of outstanding service to the school. In addition, he was inducted into the state ofPennsylvania’s 1995 Sports Hall of Fame City All-Star chapter.
Obituary and Memorial Services Information:
BERNARD "BERNIE", on February 13, 2015. Husband of Felicia (nee Steiner); father of James E. (Leslie) Lemonick, John D. (Karen) Lemonick and Julie A. (Scott) Feldman; brother of Seymour (Eileen) Lemonick and Ruth Lemonick; grandfather of Lindsay Cohen, Benjamin Murdoch, Michael Lemonick, Sarah Murdoch, Josh Cohen, Jacqueline Lemonick, Hilary Lemonick, Mark Feldman and Elizabeth Lemonick.Relatives and friends are invited to Memorial Services Friday, February 20th, 12 Noon, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 650 N. Broad St., Phila. PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Penn Athletic Development Office, 235 S. 33rd St., Phila. PA 19104. Checks made out to the Trustees of University of PA, In Memory of Bernie Lemonick, or Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, 105 Monument Road, Ste. 300, Bala Cynwyd PA 19004.