John “Jack” Losch, retired director of fleet sales for Pontiac Division, died on May 27 in a Williamsport Hospital after a short illness. He was 69. Losch retired from General Motors in 1996 after working 36 years for the company. At the time of his retirement, Losch was sales manager – customer operations for General Motors Consolidated Fleet Operations.
Losch was named director of fleet sales for Pontiac Division in 1987, the fifth person to ever hold that title. He remained in this position until 1992, when GM consolidated its six divisional fleet sales operations into the then newly formed GM Consolidated Fleet Operations. Losch joined the new organization as sales manager – customer service. He remained in this position until he retired in 1996.
Prior to joining GM, Losch was a star in two sports – baseball and football. He was a member of Little League's first championship team. He played center field and went 2-for-4 for the Maynard Midgets in a 16-7 victory over Lock Haven in the first World Series championship on Aug. 23, 1947.
After graduating from high school, Losch earned a football scholarship to the University of Miami. He was an All-America running back and still holds four rushing records for the Hurricanes, including the longest run from scrimmage, a 90-yard run against Bucknell University in 1955. His 39.3-yards-per-carry average in that game also stands as a record at Miami. Losch is in the University of Miami’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The Green Bay Packers made Losch a first-round draft pick in 1956 -- 16 rounds ahead of future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. He played one season for the Packers as a halfback before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1957, where he spent three years as a jet fighter pilot. However, an injury prevented his return to the NFL and Losch pursued a business career. He joined General Motors in 1960 working in the Pontiac Division. He started his career in the Pontiac field organization, progressing through the ranks as a district manager and zone manager. His last field position before being named head of Pontiac Division fleet sales was as the Division’s West Coast Regional Manager.
Shortly after his retirement to the Williamsport area, Losch was named honorary chairman of the Little League Baseball World Series 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee.
His brother, Joe Losch, has worked for Little League Baseball for more than three decades and is currently vice president of operations and corporate secretary for Little League Baseball and Softball.
At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made to Little League Baseball International.