1992 Inductees

J. Whittington “Jay” Polk

Jay graduated from Earlham College in 1930 and joined the faculty at Albion College in 1948. He was a professor of economics from 1948-1971, and was granted faculty emeritus status in 1972. Jay served as an assistant track coach from 1954-1965 and an assistant cross country coach from 1955-1960. During his coaching tenure eight track teams and two cross country teams won MIAA championships.

Jay was a modest man who taught and coached through positive example and encouragement. His lifelong philosophy can be summed up in the following words: “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a boy.” Jay passed away May 6, 1989.


Jerry J. Chandler, '65

A two sport athlete, Jerry participated in basketball and baseball at Albion. He was selected as a second-team All-MIAA basketball player in 1962, led the team in scoring that year and was chosen Most Valuable Player. In 1962 and 1964 Jerry was selected as an All-MIAA baseball performer. He was the MIAA home run and RBI champion in 1962, and was chosen Most Valuable Player that year. He ended his baseball career in 1964 as co-captain.

Jerry is a physician affiliated with the Lansing Osteopathic Medical Group, the Lansing General Hospital Emergency Department, and the Lansing General Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic. He lives with his family in Okemos, Michigan.

James L. Chapman, '56

Jim excelled in both track and cross country at Albion. He repeated as the MIAA mile run and two mile run champion in 1954 and 1955, set an MIAA record in the mile, and was a member of Albion's MIAA track championship teams from 1954-56. Jim was the MIAA cross country champion in 1954 and led the cross country team to the MIAA championship in 1953 and 1954.

After graduation Jim spent 28 years working in higher education administration, serving as president of West Liberty State College from 1970-1984. He then entered the field of real estate acquisitions and investments and is currently self-employed in real estate sales and investments. Jim resides with his wife in Phoenix, Arizona.

James C. Everett, '74

Possibly Albion's greatest swimmer, Jim was a four-time All-MIAA selection from 1971-1974. He was also selected as Albion's Most Valuable Swimmer four straight years. Jim led the team to the MIAA championship in 1971 and was voted the league's Most Valuable Swimmer. During his career Jim was a ten-time MIAA champion, set five league and seven Albion records, was an NCAA qualifier and served as co-captain of the swim team for three years.

Jim has remained an accomplished swimmer since graduation. He was the Michigan State champion in the 1000-yard freestyle in 1984 in the master's division, and is a three-time Idaho State champion and record holder in the 200-, 500-, and 1650-yard freestyle. He has won several triathalons and coached three national swimming champions and one world record holder.

Jim has spent his entire professional career with the YMCA. He is currently the executive director of the Boise Family YMCA, and resides with his family in Boise, Idaho.

Cynthia “Penny” Hannett Floyd, '76

Penny was an outstanding field hockey player at Albion where she was All-MIAA from 1972-1975. She was Albion's Co-Most Valuable Player in 1972 and Most Valuable Player from 1973-1975. In each of her last three years Penny served as Albion's captain and was the leading scorer. In addition to these awards, she was selected as an honorable mention member of the Great Lakes Field Hockey Team in 1972 and to the first-team from 1973-1975. Penny also played tennis and won the MIAA third doubles tennis championship in 1976.

After graduation Penny played for the Detroit Field Hockey Association and participated in national tournaments. She has remained involved in education as a teacher and coach, currently serving as a learning specialist at Hathaway Brown School where she is the middle school's field hockey coach. Penny resides with her family in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Ernest D. Gray, '29

A nine-time letter winner, Ernie played football, basketball and baseball at Albion. He was named second-team All-MIAA in basketball in 1927, honorable mention in 1928, and All-MIAA in 1929. Ernie was a member of Albion's MIAA champion basketball teams in 1927 and 1929, served as Albion's captain in 1928, and tied for the league scoring title in 1929. He was also a member of the 1928 MIAA champion football team.

After graduation Ernie taught and coached briefly in the St. Louis school system in Michigan. In 1931 he began a great career as a teacher, counselor, and coach in the Albion Public Schools. Ernie coached football, basketball and baseball, started the track program at Albion High School, and worked as a football and basketball official for 25 years. He retired in 1972.

Ernie also left his mark on Bay View. He founded the Bay View Boys and Girls Club and served as the association's recreation director from 1931-1978. The program began with eight students and now has over 200 students ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 14 participating each summer. The Ernie Gray Olympics are held each July at Bay View, and the Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to Ernie in recognition of his outstanding service and accomplishments. Ernie resides with his wife in Albion.

George A. Matthews, '36

George won four football letters at Albion and was regarded as an outstanding lineman and team leader. He was also a highly respected campus leader and was elected freshman class president in 1933 and senior class president in 1936. George began working for Union Steel Products while he was a student and remained at Union Steel for 44 years after graduation. He served for several years on the board of directors and retired as vice president for manufacturing.

Throughout his professional career George provided outstanding community service. He belonged to numerous organizations, served in many leadership roles and was a member of the school board for 12 years. George also helped coach the Albion College football team in 1950 and 1951. He resides with his wife in Albion.

David L. Neilson, '66

Dave is still considered Albion's greatest quarterback. He won four letters in football, was All-MIAA in 1964 and 1965, and led Albion to three straight MIAA championships from 1963-1965. In each of those three years he was voted an All-State Small College football player.

When his career was over Dave had established three Albion records which still stand today: most touchdown passes in a game; most touchdown passes in a season; and most touchdown passes in a career. He also set records for most passing yards in a season and most passing yards in a career. Following his senior year Dave was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

During his professional career Dave held several executive positions with Rockwell International and served as president of Automotive Industries Sales, Inc. He is currently vice president of sales and marketing for Takata, Inc., and resides with his wife in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Leigh T. Prettyman, '36

Leigh was a two sport athlete and a dominant tennis player at Albion. He was the MIAA singles champion in 1934 and 1935, doubles champion from 1934-1936, and led the team to back-to-back league championships in 1934 and 1935. As a member of the 1936 MIAA championship basketball team Leigh was selected second-team All-MIAA.

Leigh began his professional career as a special agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1935 and retired from the same company in 1983. His career with Northwestern was interrupted while he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Leigh was a member of the Albion College Board of Trustees from 1963-1965. He passed away June 11, 1983.

Thomas G. Schwaderer, '56

A ten-time letter winner, Tom participated in football, basketball and track at Albion. He was All-MIAA in track and won the league's 440-yard dash in 1954. A member of three consecutive MIAA championship track teams, Tom also won the MIAA high jump in 1956. During his senior year he was selected co-captain of the track and basketball teams.

After graduation Tom earned his medical degree from Wayne State University. He served in the United States Air Force for two years and joined Orthopedic Associates in Grand Rapids in 1968. During his career there he has served as chairman of the Department of Surgery and chairman of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Butterworth Hospital. Tom is a member of Albion's Alumni Board and resides with his wife in Grand Rapids.

Barry L. Siler, '67

As a two sport performer at Albion, Barry excelled in both football and golf. He was an All-MIAA football player from 1964-1966 when Albion won three straight league championships, and was co-captain and the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in 1966. As a golfer, Barry was a member of three consecutive MIAA championship teams from 1965-1967. He was Albion's Most Valuable Golfer in 1965 and was named to the All-MIAA team in 1967.

Barry worked at the Dow Chemical Company for several years after graduating from Albion. He is currently employed by the Meico Company as a jet fuel oil broker. He resides with his family in Spring, Texas.

James M. Taup, '59

Jim was an outstanding distance runner, participating in both track and cross country at Albion. He was the MIAA two mile run champion from 1956-1959, and won the mile run in 1958 and 1959, setting records in both events. Jim led the track team to four consecutive MIAA championships and was a co-captain of the 1959 championship team.

The list of Jim's accomplishments in cross country is also long: MIAA champion in 1958; MIAA Most Valuable Cross Country Runner from 1956 to 1958; team captain in 1957 and 1958; member of two MIAA championship teams in 1955 and 1957. Jim is currently employed by the Huffman-LaRoche Company and resides with his wife in Hillsdale, New Jersey.


1964 Football Team

Albion's 1964 football team was perfect: 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA. The team received both state and national recognition: the defensive unit gave up the fewest points in the country and the offense scored more points than any other team in Michigan. Albion outscored its opponents 226-41. The Britons were Michigan's only undefeated collegiate team and the third team in Albion history to go undefeated.

Although the key phrase that year was team work, many individuals received honors. John Ellinger, Jon Madill, Ron Springer, Dave Neilson and co-captain Russ Wallis made the All-MIAA offensive team, and Barry Siler, Mike Shafer, Terry Methner, John Mullin and Chuck Scarletta made the defensive team. Ellinger, Madill, Neilson, Methner and Wallis were selected to the All-State Collegiate football team.

Wallis was named Most Valuable Player and Paul Danforth earned the Most Improved Player Award.

With the Briton's strong showing, head coach Morley Fraser was chosen small college coach of the year in both the state of Michigan and the Midwest.

Other team members included Robert Bonnaci, Peter Boroday, Thomas Brennan, Prentiss Brown, Leonard Bullard, Kirby Cooper, Joseph Curtin, J. Dechow, Thomas Dickinson, Douglas Falan, Thomas Fraker, Max Gates, Donald Gilmour, Michael Gould, R. Harper, Gary Jones, David Kerwin-manager, Bruce Kezlarian, Cecil King, John Leland, Philip Lisik, Wayne Madison, Michael McCarthy, Paul D. McDonald, Vaughn McGraw, James Misner, Robert Moran, Ralph Muenchausen, Kenneth Neal-co-captain, Raymond Pearsall-manager, Joseph Reed, Gerald Rittenbury, James Royer, Larry Sasse, Gary Sherwood, Jess Shick, J. Smith, Ozzie Stivers, Gary Taylor, John Teeter, Richard Vanderlinde, William Wentworth, John White, Robert Wikstrom-assistant coach, David Woodliff-trainer, Alvin Zachery, Gordon Zagal and David Zuzula.

1959 Baseball Team

The 1959 baseball team won 10 of its last 11 games to bring the MIAA championship to Albion.

After losing to Hillsdale in the third conference game, the Britons ripped through league opposition with a vengeance, losing only once more to compile a 12-2 MIAA record. The team was 13-5 in all games, including a tough 1-0 loss to the Spartans of Michigan State University.

The Britons' championship drive was a great team effort and 22 players were awarded varsity letters. Purple and Gold representatives on the All-MIAA squad were Ron Banovic and Dave Althouse, pitchers; Dick McNally, catcher; and Bob McConkie and Larry Masteller, outfielders. Coached by Morley Fraser and assistant coach Verne Baker, other team members were Philip Bowers, John Claeys, Charles Coye, John Eman, Roger Fausch, James Flack, Adolph Grundman, Larry Hulce, George Lockwood, Frederic Ludwig, Jerry Majkowicz, Richard Muir, Joseph Radzik, Robert Reynolds, John Sellars, Larry Senko, Lyle Sisson, Donald Smith and Don VanGilder.