Kurt Bachmann then and now. Photo from the Facebook page of Kurt Bachmann
MANILA, Philippines – Kurt Bachmann, one of the Philippines' legendary basketball players and an icon at De La Salle University, passed away last August 29. He was 78.
Bachmann led La Salle to the 1956 NCAA championship and represented the Philippines in the 1959 FIBA World Championship, the 1960 Summer Olympics, and the 1962 Asian Games.
"The Lasallian community and the rest of the nation mourn not just the loss of a true, green-blooded Lasallian, but someone who put Philippine basketball on the map," The LaSallian said in its obituary for Bachmann on Monday.
Bachmann's No. 33 jersey is only one of four that has been retired by the school.
Another former Green Archer, Rafael Dinglasan Jr., - who also served as a team manager for La Salle – also passed away last August 28, The LaSallian confirmed.
A moment of silence was observed for both Bachmann and Dinglasan prior to the start of the La Salle-Adamson game in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.