Gerald Carp

Gerald Carp

Class of 1956

Sport(s): Tennis

Year Inducted: 2016

Jerry Carp starred at Bennett High School in tennis in 1955-56. In 1956 he teamed up with Charlie Garfinkel at first doubles to go undefeated in 10 straight matches and achieved Hall High honors. he was part of the only Buffalo High school tennis team to ever go 5-0 in 11 straight matches; with every player on the starting team achieving All High honors. Jerry went on to play tennis at Penn State from 1959-1960 and was team captain in 1960.

Although his post college tennis career has been limited to local and regional tournaments he achieved a monumental feat of reaching the National Men’s Open Singles finals in 1974 in the American Tennis Association Championships.

After graduating from SUNY Law School in 1963 he now resides in New York City where he continues to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Florida specializing in trust and estates, tax planning and fiduciary litigation.

Tennis runs in his family. His wife Ellen, whom he met on a tennis court, played for the University of Miami’s women’s tennis team; one of the strongest teams in the country. Jerry is also the father of Dylan and Jordan. both of whom live in San Francisco, and play recreational tennis.

Jerry was also an outstanding musician who played the oboe in high school.In New York, he has played as the principle oboist in numerous community and civic orchestras throughout the New York city area. He has also acted as counsel for many of the orchestras he has played in, doing so on a volunteer basis.