Class of 1952
Chuck Austin started his high school basketball career as a freshman in 1949 and played varsity basketball from 1950-1952. Chuck was an extraordinary player, teammate, and captain of his team. In 1952 the team went on to win the first sectional crown, playing against East Rochester as Chuck scored the tying basket, taking the game into overtime. It was said that Chuck was “20 years ahead of his time.”
Chuck was employed at Clifton Springs Hospital. He was an exceptional artist and he made many of the hospital signs. He formed a sign company, Cla-Vet Signs, and many of his signs can still be seen in Wayne County.
Chuck was married to his wife for 43 years and had three daughters, Valerie, Vanessa, and Vaun. He also had two grandchildren, Christopher and Cara. Chuck passed away in 1997 and left behind his kindness, unique sense of humor, and many memories. A Basketball Memorial Award has been established in his name for the most deserving Lyons High School senior boy and girl on the basketball team.