Hall of Fame

Last month’s “Who on Circle?” was a trick question. For the past year, under the leadership of Drew Millikin, the Director of Recent Graduate Relations, Groton has been developing an Athletic Hall of Fame to honor Groton graduates and other members of the Groton community who have made important contributions to athletics both on and beyond the Circle.

The group mentioned was Percy D. Haughton 1895, Charles Devens ’28, Endicott “Chub” Peabody ’38, Hugh Scott ’57, Bill Larkin ’72, Charlotte Joslin ’85, and Jake Congleton P’77,’93, GP’03—representing the inaugural inductees to Groton’s Hall of Fame.

Besides Drew Millikin, the Hall of Fame committee includes faculty members Andy Anderson P’15; Martha Gracey P’12, ’14; Kathy Leggat; and Jon Choate A’60 P’85, ’88, and Headmaster Rick Commons; that group developed the bylaws and goals for the Hall of Fame and the criteria for selection. Additionally, the committee drew on deep wells of institutional memory from school archivist Doug Brown ’57; Charlie Alexander P’79, ’84, ’87, GP’10, ’14; trustee and former faculty member Gussie Bannard P’01,’03; former coach and faculty member Janet Youngholm; and former coach Jake Congleton P’77,’93, GP’03, an inaugural inductee.

The first group of Hall of Fame inductees were honored on Reunion Weekend for their athleticism and commitment to the best ideals of sport.

Though it was a trick question, Anita Rogerson Morris ’82 got it right. We also had a number of excellent guesses, many along the lines of this one: “They were all members of the Harvard Football Team.” A good guess, but for the inclusion of Char Joslin ’85. Others surmised that they were each All-American athletes, correct on some counts, but not a universal accomplishment. Congratulations to Anita!

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