LEXINGTON, Va. -- Joe McCutcheon '51, a 2000 inductee into the Washington and Lee Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away late Tuesday evening of a heart attack after undergoing a knee transplant operation.

McCutcheon, 75, was a co-captain of the 1950 W&L football team which finished 8-3 overall and played in the 1951 Gator Bowl game against Wyoming. A native of Webster Springs, W.Va., McCutcheon twice earned All-State honors and was a Second Team All-Southern Conference selection from his center position as a senior.

McCutcheon was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1951 NFL Draft and played briefly in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes after serving in the Army for two years.

As a student at W&L, he was active around campus, serving as President of the sophomore class and vice-president of Sigma Chi. He was also inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Psi.

McCutcheon is survived by his wife, Anne Flythe; two sons, Joseph, Jr. and Cary; a brother, Andrew; a sister, Julia Smith; and grandchildren Jaime, Baker, Dorie and Nicholas.

Friends will be received 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday at the West Chapel of the Bennett Funeral House, 11020 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. The memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Centenary United Methodist Church, 411 E. Grace St., Richmond, Va., followed by the 3:30 p.m. burial at the Flythe family plot.