1997 Inductees

David M. Barrett, '64

Named to the All-MIAA football team in 1962 and 1963, Dave was a leader on and off the field. Named to the All-American football team in 1963, he was a four-year letter winner in football, played on the 1961 MIAA championship team and was a captain of the 1963 team.

Dave earned his medical degree at Wayne State University and is currently the Anson L. Clark Professor of Urology and chair of the Department of Urology at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. Awarded the Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990, he also is a member of the National Campaign Committee for the Albion Campaign for the Generations.

Dave currently lives in Rochester with his wife, Sibley Boone Burleson, '66. They have three children: John, Susan, '96, and Ann.

John E. Bromley, '29

One of the best athletes of his decade, John played on a series of basketball teams that won four consecutive MIAA championships. Additionally, he was a member of the Albion College athletic board in 1928 and 1929. He was a member of A Club in 1927, 1928 and 1929. John also sat on the MIAA board in 1928 and 1929.

After graduation, John went to work in the insurance business, as a life insurance salesman and then as a general agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Battle Creek. He continued his involvement with athletics by becoming a football and basketball official at both the high school and college levels. During his time as a basketball official he had one of the highest approval ratings of any high school official in Michigan. He also served as president of the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, Country Club and Rotary Club.

John passed away in September 1988. He is survived by his two children, John and Mary.

Frank R. Carr, '78

An outstanding football and baseball player, Frank was a tri-captain on the 1977 Briton football team, the first in Albion's history to reach the NCAA playoffs. Frank left Albion with an impressive list of accomplishments. As a starting linebacker he was named to the All-MIAA squad three years in a row, 1975-77, and helped the Britons win two MIAA titles, 1976 and 1977. Frank was just as impressive in baseball. He was named to the All-MIAA team in 1977 and 1978, was a captain for the 1978 team and the starting catcher for the MIAA championship team in 1978.

Currently, Frank is the head football coach and assistant athletic director at Earlham College. He also is an assistant professor of athletics, wellness and physical education at Earlham. This year, Frank will begin his 13th season, becoming the longest-serving head football coach in that college's history.

Frank lives with his wife, Becky, and three children, Lindsay, Kevin and Jake, in Richmond, Ind.

B. June Luke Dempsey, '54

June has made outstanding contributions to Albion athletics most of her life. She was a member of the all-star basketball team and volleyball team in 1952. She was also a member of the field hockey team for all four of her years at Albion. Off the field of play, June also served Albion athletics as the representative to the Women's Athletic Association national convention held at Stanford University and the Athletic Federation of Michigan College Women.

The recipient of a doctorate from the University of Houston, June works as a consultant and is a retired dean of extended university and summer session at the University of Arizona. She has continued to support Albion athletics most recently through her work co-chairing the Elkin Isaac Track Drive. She is also a member of the Albion College Alumni Board.

June lives with her husband, Cedric, '54, in Olathe, Kan. They are the parents of three children: Linda, Marcia and David, who is deceased.

William C. Ferguson, '52

Long-time supporter of Albion College, Bill was master of ceremonies of the Hall of Fame Dinner from 1989 to 1994. While an Albion student, Bill was a letter winner and a four-year participant in baseball, playing on the MIAA championship baseball team in 1950. Bill also served the College as acting president and visiting professor during fall semester 1995. He has been a member of the Albion College Board of Trustees since 1980 and served as board chairman from 1989 to 1996.

Bill retired in 1995 as the chairman and CEO of NYNEX Corporation. He lives in Armonk, N.Y., with his wife, Joyce. They have three children: Laura, Ellen, '80, and Joanne, '89.

Tracy A. Garner, '83

An NCAA Division III national champion in the high jump in 1983 and current hol-der of the NCAA record (7' 2 1/4") in that event, Tracy earned All-American status in track and field in 1981, 1982 and 1983. In 1983 he qualified for the NCAA national champi-onship track meet in four events, the most events ever for a single Albion College athlete. He was named the MIAA Most Valuable Player in 1981 and co-MVP in 1983. He was selected to the All-MIAA team all four of his years at Albion and set Albion College records in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and 400-meter intermediate hurdles, along with MIAA records in the high jump and triple jump. Tracy was also a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter on the basketball team. He was co-captain of both track and field and basketball in 1983.

Tracy is the owner of Garner Distributors and Tracy's Lawn Service. He lives with his wife, Dale Primas-Garner, in Wayne, Pa. They have one child, Jaryn Traci.

B. Timothy Hartson, '83

One of the all-time best sprinters in the history of Albion College, Tim still holds the Albion and MIAA records for the 200-meter dash. He also is a member of the Albion record-holding 400-meter and 440-yard relay teams, and he held the 100-meter dash record until it was broken in 1991. Earning All-American status in track and field in 1981 and 1983, Tim was selected to the All-MIAA track and field team in 1980, 1981 and 1983. He was named co-MVP of the MIAA and co-captain of the Albion track team in 1983. Tim was also a four-year letter winner in football, starting two of those years at defensive back.

Currently, Tim is the owner of Par Five Golf Group, Inc. He has been an avid supporter of Albion track and field over the years, helping to coach several All-Americans and making many spring trips down to Florida with the team.

There are two reasons to congratulate Tim tonight; not only is he being inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he also was married to Victoria Lim just last Saturday. Tim and Victoria live in Otsego.

Barbara A. Lindblom, '53

An outstanding athlete of the 1950s, Barbara was a member of seven all-star teams and five class teams during her career at Albion. She was awarded her “A” and named most outstanding senior in 1953. Barbara was also awarded the hockey bracelet and certificate for outstanding participation and achieved the national official's rating for women's basketball.

Currently, Barbara is retired and living in Honolulu, Hawaii. For 23 years, from 1953 to 1986, she was an English teacher at the Kamehameha School. Barbara has not left Michigan altogether; she still spends her summers here in Eagle Harbor.

James E. Misner, '66

A great athlete, Jim lettered all four years in football and baseball. He was a member of the MIAA championship football team in 1964, and he was the co-captain of the 1965 MIAA championship team. He was also a member of the MIAA championship baseball team in 1963.

Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where he now serves as a professor of kinesiology and is the head of the Department of Kinesiology.

Jim lives with his wife, Marilyn Spitler Misner, '68, in Champaign, Ill. They have two children, Kristin, '96, and Anne.

Cameron B. Owens, '81

A very good distance runner his entire career at Albion, Cameron came into his own his senior year. He earned All-American and All-MIAA status in 1981, while breaking the Albion College and MIAA records for the 800-meter run. He also set new Albion records in the mile and 1500-meter runs. Cameron was also a four-year letter winner in cross country.

Cameron earned his master's in educational administration from Eastern Michigan University in 1983. He currently lives in Ypsilanti and works as a special education teacher and consultant for Boysville of Michigan. He earned an additional master's degree in special education in 1996.

Wilma Hurley Spencer, '38

Named most outstanding senior in 1938, Wilma was twice a member of the all-star basketball team and field hockey team. She served as the vice president of the Women's Athletic Association in 1937. She was the head of swimming in 1936 and participated in the National Telegraphic Archery Tournament.

After graduation, Wilma worked as an elementary school teacher in Albion for two years. She then worked for 20 years as an elementary school teacher in Miami, Ariz.

Wilma currently lives with her husband, John, in Claypool, Ariz. They have three children: Sue, Lynne and John.

Paul W. “Skip” Ungrodt, Jr., '52

A strong supporter of Albion College athletics and a fine athlete, Skip has chaired the $1.3-million Briton Athletic Drive. Skip is probably best known on campus as the architect of the new commemorative brick walkway to the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. During his time on campus, Skip was a letter winner and a four-year participant in tennis. Additionally, Skip has been a member of the Albion College Board of Trustees since 1985, and he is vice chairman for institutional advancement. He is also the chair of the Alpha Tau Omega biennial alumni reunion.

Currently, Skip is the chairman and president of Ideation, Inc. in Ann Arbor. He was married to the late Charlotte Darvay Ungrodt, '52, and has three children: Thomas, Susan and Sara.

Donald E. Vandivort, '56

One of Albion's finest distance runners, Don competed in both track and field and cross country, setting records in the one-, two- and four-mile runs, the 880-yard run and mile relay. He also set an MIAA and Angell field mile run record at the MIAA championship meet at Kalamazoo College in 1950. A member of the MIAA championship cross country teams in 1948, 1949 and 1950, he also competed in track and field in 1949 and 1950.

Don's career at Albion was cut short by his call to military service. After joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951, Don kept up his habit of breaking records and broke the Air Force record for the one- and three-mile runs while in Europe and the United Kingdom. Don returned to Albion after his discharge in 1954 and graduated in 1956. He went on to become the owner and operator of Vandivort's Apparel until his retirement.

Don now lives with his wife, Wanda, in Bartlesville, Okla. They have three children, Janet, Carol and Steven. Don continues to run and most recently placed second at the Oklahoma Senior Olympics in the 800- and 1500-meter runs.


1947-48 Men's Basketball Team

Under Coach Walter Sprandel, the 1947-48 basketball team ended a 12-year drought for the Britons in winning the MIAA title. With a record of 8-2 in the MIAA, at that time a record for wins in the MIAA for Albion, Jerry Edwards and Lewis Moon both represented the Britons on the All-MIAA first team and Lou Black was selected to the second team. Moon was also selected as the MIAA Most Valuable Player. Black, Moon and Edwards have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame for their individual achievements.

The 1947-48 season was one filled with ups and downs. While Albion fared very well in league play, they were not as fortunate in their non-league contests, running into opponents who were far above the caliber of other MIAA teams. Many felt that it was this tough non-league schedule that prepared the Britons for success over their MIAA foes.

The 1947-48 race for the MIAA title was one of the most exciting in league history. At one point in the season four teams were battling for first place. In fact, it wasn't until Hope beat Alma, a week after the Britons' MIAA season was completed, that Albion locked the title.

Other team members included: Richard Allen, Victor Aird (deceased), Byron Ayres, Ralph Baughey, Jr., Maxwell Berry, Robert Clark, Stuart Costigan, Louis Culman, James Dies, Robert Eggleston, James Hadden, Carlton Hornbrook, Donald Lee, Jack Sinclair, Samuel Tomion, manager Russell Barrow and assistant manager Charles Held.

1976 Field Hockey Team

The 1976 field hockey team, coached by Charlotte Duff, started an MIAA championship run that lasted for five years. They had an MIAA record of 6-0, and an overall record of 9-2, losing only to the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. The women outscored their opponents 23-5 and posted seven shutouts.

This was a special team, as there were at least five seniors who had never played field hockey before. What they lacked in experience was made up for in determination and effort to make this one of the best field hockey teams in the history of Albion College.

Team members included: Jane McVicker Adamczyk, Ann Batdorf-Barnes, Donna Beauregard, Denise Carty, Sue Olcott Chappell, Barbara Rehmus Epperson, Mary Jane Lang Grunden, Nancy Hieber Hammond, Marcia Kendall, Jann Cryderman Lehman, Kimberly Rae Leonard, Lisa Daniels McKenna, Pamela Nelson, Leslie Gates Nichols, Ruth Lang Roeder, Cynthia Barker Ruddock, Marcy Sherriff, Beth Ann Olcott Stanloski, Carol Strecker, Kathleen Feid Sturgis and Gail Peterson Walker.

1981 Men's Track Team

The 1981 track team was in the middle of a great run of five MIAA championships for the Britons, under coach David Egnatuk, '71. They competed as a team, running off a 5-0 record in the MIAA while outscoring opponents by an average of 109-33. The team capped off its season by taking first place and scoring 176 points at the MIAA championship meet. The Britons won nine out of 18 events at the meet, including an MIAA record set by Cameron Owens in the 800-meter run. They had five athletes selected to the All-MIAA team, and Tracy Garner was selected as the MIAA Most Valuable Player.

The 1981 team also had some tremendous standouts. There were 11 new school records set in 1981. The Britons had eight men qualify for the NCAA national championship meet, where Garner, Tim Hartson, and Owens earned All-American honors.

Other team members included: Patrick Blakely, Thomas Boussie, Philip Brewster, James Carr, Jr., Joseph Donora, Patrick Fleming (deceased), Daniel Gordon, Edwin Greenman, Jr., Scott Harrison, James Jones, Robert Jones, Michael Jurasek, Patrick Kennell, Charles Knoll, Andrew Krafsur, Ronald Lessard, Jeffrey Loch, Richard Marvin, Stephen Meads, John Middlebrook, Martin Popp, Richard Reut, Keith Roberts, Curtis Smith, Eric Smith, Nathan Stohl, Robert Szarowicz, Douglas Treadwell, Samuel Tucker, David VanderKooy and Richard Vermeulen.