IRVING, Texas., March 21 - Five outstanding former student-athletes will be inducted into the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame at ceremonies at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston on May 1. This year's 13th class will be inducted by CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg, spokesman for the GTE Academic All-America program and host for the ceremonies.
The inductees are Danny Ainge (Brigham Young University, class of 1992), a college basketball player of the year who went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA; Dr. Regina Cavanaugh Murphy (Rice University, class of 1987), a star shot-putter and Rhodes Scholar candidate; Oliver Luck (West Virginia University, class of 1982), a three-year starting quarterback who set many school passing records; and Pablo Morales (Stanford University, class of 1987), an 11-time NCAA swimming champion who won three Olympic gold medals.
Also entering the Hall of Fame as an honorary inductee is Dr. F. Sherwood Rowland (Ohio Wesleyan University, class of 1948/University of Chicago, class of 1952), a two-sport standout who became a Nobel Prize winner. (See complete inductee profiles below).
GTE, in conjunction with the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), established the Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor former college scholar-athletes who have excelled in their professions and have made substantial contributions to their communities. There are now 63 members of the Hall of Fame, including this year's class.
To be eligible, an individual must have been a GTE Academic All-America Team member while in school and have graduated from college at least 10 years ago with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The 2000 inductees were selected from a group of 100 individuals who were nominated by a 90-member voting board representing CoSIDA's 1,800 members.
"GTE established the Hall of Fame to recognize the importance of academic preparation as a foundation for life," said Glen S. Gilbert, GTE's vice president - advertising and social responsibility. "All of this year's inductees are winners because they placed a tremendous value on succeeding first as student-athletes and then went on to distinguish themselves in community service and career success as well."
"All of this year's inductees are superior citizens," said Enberg. "The class of 2000 will help maintain the standard of excellence established by the entire group of previous inductees who make the Hall of Fame induction such a prestigious honor."
"This group of former student-athletes perfectly represents the types of individuals we had in mind when the Hall of Fame was created. They will uphold the continued tradition of this outstanding event," said Max Corbet, president of CoSIDA.
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Danny Ainge, Brigham Young University, Basketball
A two-time Academic All-America (1980-81) at BYU, Ainge ranks second on the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) career scoring list with 2,467 points. In his senior year he averaged 24 points per game and won the 1981 John Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year. His last-second, length-of-the-court layup that upset Notre Dame in the third round of the '81 NCAA tournament is one of the most famous shots in tournament history.
A standout all-around athlete, Ainge played professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays during his college career. Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1982 draft, Ainge played 14 years in the NBA with Boston, Sacramento and Phoenix, winning NBA titles with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and appearing in four other NBA finals.
Ainge retired following the '95-'96 season and became head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He retired from the position in December of '99 to spend more time with his family, and he is currently working as an analyst for Turner's NBA telecasts. He serves as a spokesman for the Children's Miracle Network and is active with the Phoenix area Cystic Fybrosis Foundations and Stay-In-School Campaigns. He and his wife, Michelle, have six children.
Dr. Regina Cavanaugh Murphy, Rice University, Track & Field
One of the top women shot-putters in the history of US track and field competition, Cavanaugh was a two-time Academic All-America (1986-87) and was her annual fund class chairman in 1987. She also was the recipient of numerous postgraduate scholarships and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. The Houston City Council honored her by declaring October 24, 1987, "Regina Cavanaugh Day" in the city.
Still ranked among the top 10 females in the shot put, Cavanaugh was a three-time NCAA outdoor champion, a three-time NCAA indoor champion and earned All-America honors nine times. In 1991 she was named the NCAA Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s in women's track and field.
After narrowly missing qualifying for the 1984 and '88 Olympic teams, Cavanaugh began her medical career, and she graduated with an MD in 1992 from the University of Texas-Houston medical school. One of the area's most prominent child psychiatrists, she has won numerous awards for her work and until recently was the clinical director of child & adolescent services at Pinelands Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is now in private practice, and in May she will join the medical staff at Phil Haven in Mount Gretna, Pa.
Cavanaugh has worked with a variety of volunteer organizations, including the Harris County Children's Mental Health Needs Council, Vulnerable and Indigent Population Health Care Task Force, Steering Committee on Youth and Violence Prevention and the Special Olympics. She and her husband, James, have three children.
Oliver Luck, West Virginia University, Football
A three-year starting quarterback and two-time Academic All-America (1980-81), Luck set several school career passing records and still ranks first in career completions (466) and touchdown passes (43). He ranks second in passing yards (5,765). He was a two-time team MVP, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and led the Mountaineers to a victory over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl, capping a superb senior year - West Virginia's first winning season in six years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982.
Luck was a second round pick of the Houston Oilers and played five years in the NFL. In 1987, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas School of Law and practiced in Washington, DC, before he was hired by the NFL in 1990 to be the general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy in the newly founded World League of American Football (now NFL Europe). In 1995 he was named president and CEO of NFL Europe and was instrumental in establishing and solidifying the league.
In October 1999, with the league and its operations firmly in place, Luck resigned to return to Austin with his family. Over the years he has been active in community and church affairs, including Cub Scout and Girl Scout functions and local youth sports seminars. He has also served as a TV commentator for NFL games on various European networks. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
Pablo Morales, Stanford University, Swimming
Morales is the most prolific male swimmer in college history, winning 11 NCAA titles, an all-time record. An Academic All-America in his senior year of 1987, he led the Cardinal to three straight NCAA team championships (1985-87). In 1986 he set the world record in the 100-meter butterfly which stood for nine years. He also ran a community service program for high school students and upon his graduation in 1987 he was named co-winner of the Al Masters award, the university's highest honor for athletic performance, leadership and academic excellence.
At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Morales won a gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay and silver medals in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley. After graduation he came up short in his bid to make the '88 Olympic team, an event which spurred him on to even greater heights. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, at age 27 and following a three-year layoff during which he attended law school, Morales won a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, capping one of the most remarkable comeback stories in Olympic history. The '92 US swim team captain, he also won gold in the 400-meter medley relay. For his accomplishments he was named the 1992 United States Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year and was a finalist for the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. He was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1998.
In 1994, Morales earned his law degree from Cornell University and then worked in San Jose as a legal clerk in personal injury and tort litigation. He returned to swimming as assistant men's coach at Stanford for the 1997-98 season, helping Stanford win the '98 NCAA swimming title. In April of that year he was named head women's swimming coach at San Jose State, a position he still holds today.
Morales has been involved with numerous charity organizations and has done countless speaking appearances for youth groups and schools. At Stanford he won the prestigious JE Wallace Sterling Award in 1987, which honors a student for community work. He has served as the director of the Stanford Volunteers for Youth program.
Dr. F. Sherwood Rowland, Ohio Wesleyan University/University of Chicago, Basketball & Baseball
A 1948 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Rowland was a Phi Beta Kappa who earned three varsity letters in basketball and one in baseball. He was the basketball team's leading rebounder and third leading scorer as a senior, averaging 10 points per game.
After graduating from college, Rowland went to graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he continued his athletic career. The University permitted graduate students to continue playing varsity sports until they had earned a maximum of four letters per sport, so Rowland earned an additional letter in basketball and three more in baseball. He batted .340 over a three-year period as a first baseman and earned a Master's degree in 1951 and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1952.
He went on to become a professor at Princeton and the University of Kansas. In 1964 he joined the faculty at the University of California-Irvine as the founding chair of its chemistry department, and he still works today as a chemistry professor at the university.
For the past three decades, Rowland has been recognized as one of the most influential environmental experts in the world. It was his research that discovered that chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) deplete the ozone layer in the stratosphere, and he testified before Congress numerous times on the potential dangers to the ozone layer.
For his work he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995. He has won numerous other awards, including the Japan Prize in Environmental Science and Technology, the Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Global Role of Honour of the United Nations Environment Program.
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GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HALL OF FAME
Class of 1988
Bill Bradley (Princeton)
Pete Dawkins (Army)
Pat Haden (USC)
Tom McMillen (Maryland)
Donn Moomaw (UCLA)
Merlin Olsen (Utah State)
Class of 1989
Carlos Alvarez (Florida)
Willie Bogan (Dartmouth)
Steven Bramwell (Washington)
Joe Romig (Colorado)
Jim Swink (TCU)
John Wilson (Michigan State)
Class of 1990
Lester Jordan (SMU) *
Steve Taylor (Delaware)
Joe Theismann (Notre Dame)
Howard Twilley (Tulsa)
Jamaal Wilkes (UCLA)
Class of 1991
Terry Baker (Oregon State)
Joe Holland (Cornell)
David Joyner (Penn State)
Brock Strom (Air Force)
Class of 1992
Alan Ameche (Wisconsin)
Steve Eisenhauer (Navy)
Randy Gradishar (Ohio State)
Lynette Woodard (Kansas)
Class of 1993
Raymond Berry (SMU)
Dave Casper (Notre Dame)
Jim Grabowski (Illinois)
Kermit Washington (American)
Class of 1994
Anne Donovan (Old Dominion)
Richard Mayo (Air Force)
Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma)
Bill Walton (UCLA)
John Wooden (Purdue) *
Class of 1995
Doug Collins (Illinois State)
Bob Elliott (Arizona)
Michelle Johnson (Air Force)
Pat Richter (Wisconsin)
Class of 1996
Wade Mitchell (Georgia Tech)
Ron Perry (Holy Cross)
Bob Thomas (Notre Dame)
Byron White (Colorado) *
Carlton Young (Villanova)
Class of 1997
Todd Blackledge (Penn State)
Tracy Caulkins Stockwell (Florida)
Dick Enberg (Central Michigan) *
Tim Foley (Purdue)
Ellen Mayer-Sabik (Cornell)
Class of 1998
Dr. Leigh Curl (Connecticut)
Bernie Kosar (Miami)
Marv Levy (Coe) *
Jack Mildren (Oklahoma)
Jack Sikma (Illinois Wesleyan)
Class of 1999
Val Ackerman (Virginia)
Dr. John Fowler, Jr. (UCLA)
Chad Hennings (Air Force)
Jeannie Henningsen (Buena Vista)
Jolanda Jones (Houston)
* Honorary Inductees