M Club Hall of Famer Mayo Passes Away

April 28, 2014

Doug Mayo, who played on the University of Memphis’ 1938 undefeated team and was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1982, passed away late last week at the age of 97.

Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes handled the arrangements and a service with military honors was held on Sunday in Somerville.

Mayo (Feb. 3, 1917 – April 24, 2014) played two years at University of Tennessee Junior College (now UT Martin) before transferring to Memphis State Teachers College (now the University of Memphis). He played guard as a collegian and helped the Tigers to a 10-0 record in 1938. Memphis outscored its opponents 281-41 that season.

Mayo earned his B.S. degree in Education in 1939. In 1941, a few months before entry of the United States into World War II, he received a M.A. degree in Psychology from George Peabody College (now a division of Vanderbilit University). After World War II, he received a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Ohio State University.

He served as an assistant football coach at Fayette County High School and as the head coach at Magnolia, Miss., High School before entering a U.S. Navy officers training program in 1942.

Soon after completing Naval Reserve Midshipman School, Mayo was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. He would become Commanding Officer of USS LCI(L) 468, a large landing craft, which was later assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. LCI 468 was sunk as a result of enemy action in the Marianas Operation on June 18, 1944. Mayo and most of his crew survived and he later received orders to command another ship, USS LCI (L) 476. He was also awarded the Purple Heart.

Mayo went on to have concurrent careers in the Naval Reserve and a Civil Service position with the Naval Air Technical Training Command. Following retirement in 1973 he accepted at position with then, Memphis State University at the Center for Instructional Service and Research. He was also an adjunct professor and taught courses in the Department of Foundations of Education.



Mayo was a past president of the M Club and served two terms as president of the Emeriti Club, now known as the University of Memphis Association of Retirees. He and his wife Mildred were recognized for their support of the University of Memphis in 2005 when they were honored with the True Blue Alumni Award.

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