Full name: William James "Bill" Bell
Born: 1927 in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
Died: November 28, 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: UBC Thunderbirds, Vancouver (CAN)
William âBillâ Bell was a member of the 1947-1948 University of British Columbia (UBC) Men's Basketball Team that won the pre-Olympic tournament in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for the right to represent Canada at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where they finished ninth (winning the consolation bracket). The Canadian Olympic squad from UBC was complimented by players from the Montreal team, whom they had met in the Olympic Trial finals.
Bell graduated from the first-ever medical class at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After his graduation in 1954, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife Lois (whom he was married to for 62 years), raised their five children, and was a successful physician.
Bell and his 1947-1948 UBC Thunderbird teammates were inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1996.
|1948 Summer||London||Basketball||Men's Basketball||Canada||CAN||9|
|1948 Summer||London||Basketball||Canada||CAN||Classification Round 9-12||Match #1||1||1948-08-12||CAN 45, BEL 40|
|1948 Summer||London||Basketball||Canada||CAN||Group A||Match #3||1||1948-07-31||CAN 55, ITA 37||7|
|1948 Summer||London||Basketball||Canada||CAN||Group A||Match #5||1||1948-08-01||CAN 44, GBR 24|
|1948 Summer||London||Basketball||Canada||CAN||Group A||Match #8||2||1948-08-02||HUN 37, CAN 36||6|
|1948 Summer||London||Basketball||Canada||CAN||Group A||Match #12||2||1948-08-04||BRA 57, CAN 35||5|