• Willis P. Bilderback
    1973

    Willis P. Bilderback

    Rutgers University

    Willis P. Bilderback

    Rutgers University

    Willis (Bildy) Bilderback, Rutgers Alumnus of the Class of 1930 has been elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame as one of the 1973 honorees. He joins three other illustrious Rutgers Alumni - Joseph (Frenchy) Julian, Albert Twitchell, and George Latimer in the prestigious Hall. Bildy was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers University in 1930 where he letttered in lacrosse in 1929 and 1930 -- football in 1929 and wrestling in 1928 and 1929. His lacrosse coach and "mentor" was the immortal Fred Fitch. His coaching career commenced in 1930 when he became football coach at the Neptune High School. From there he coached at the Rahway High School, and then at the Irvington High School from 1935-1942. He entered the U.S Navy in 1942 as a Chief Specialist and was assigned to the United States Naval Academy in February, 1944. While at the Academy, he achieved a coaching record that is absolutely unparallel in the annals of United States Lacrosse. From 1947 to 1958, he was the coach of the Plebe Team which won 57 games, lost 16 and tied 3. His Plebe teams had six unbeaten seasons. After this phenomenal record, he went on to achieve even greater heights as the varsity lacrosse coach at the Academy. His teams from 1959 to 1972 won the astounding number of 123 games while losing a mere 22 and tying one! His teams won or shared nine Intercollegiate Championships,including eight straight, and became the first to win four straight national championships. Bill Bilderback passed away in 1990. He was survived by his wife Dorcas - the former Dorcas Fulton of Highland Park, New Jersey. They had one son Willis.

  • 1973

    Harry G. Beggs

    Yale University

    Harry G. Beggs

    Yale University

    Beggs, who achieved All-America honors in lacrosse three years, played second attack for Yale. He won first team All-America honors in 1931 and 1932, and second team honors in 1930. He was captain of the freshman team as well as the varsity. In addition to his lacrosse accomplishments at Yale, he also was a member of the freshman basketball team and was captain of the class basketball teams of 1930, 1931 and 1932. While at Brooklyn's Manual Training High School, Harry participated in a variety of activities in addition to lacrosse -- he was a member of the 1926 undefeated championship football team, a member of the basketball team, president of the Student General Organization, editor-in-chief of the school paper, and president of Arista -- the Student Scholastic Honor Society. His business interests after college took from Tlatley, Mexico, where he was the treasurer of the St. Elmo Mining and Manufacturing Company, to New York City as a management consultant with Stevenson, Jordan and Harrison. He also lived in Indiana, first as the vice president of the National Automatic Tool Company and later as president of B-H Metal Fabricators. He returned to New York City again as a management consultant with Cresap, McCormick and Paget, then became vice president of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. His last job was owner of his own company - Beggs Associates in Weston, Connecticut.

  • Everett W. Smith
    1973

    Everett W. Smith

    St. John's College

    Everett W. Smith

    St. John's College

    Everett Smith attended grade school in Annapolis and entered Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland in 1930, graduating in 1933. At Severn, he was awarded four varsity letters in lacrosse and captained the 1933 team. He made the second team All-Maryland prep in 1932, and first team in 1933. He played three years of varsity football, and captained the 1932 team, as well as making the News-American's 1932 second team. Everett entered St. John's College in 1934 and graduated in 1937. While attending St. John's, he received four varsity letters in lacrosse. He led the nation in goals during his freshman year (1934) with 25 goals. He led the nation again in 1935 with 33 goals. He was a two-time first team All-American (1936 and 1937) and a two-time second teamer (1934 and 1935). He made the All-Maryland Evening Sun Team in 1934. After graduating from St. John's in 1937, Everett went to work for the Simmons Company in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In 1939 and 1940, he played lacrosse with the Montclair ( N.J.) Athletic Club. Everett entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 as an Ensign. He served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II on troop transport between the United States, Africa, England and France. He was discharged in October, 1945 as a Senior Grade Lieutenant.

  • John D. Lang
    1973

    John D. Lang

    Johns Hopkins University

    John D. Lang

    Johns Hopkins University

    John Lang, Johns Hopkins class of 1929, a two-time All-American in lacrosse, joins an illustrious group of Hopkins greats in the prestigious Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Lang earned the reputation "Jack of All Sports" while attending the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. While there, he played an important part in the outstanding records achieved by Poly's basketball, football, soccer, swimming and lacrosse teams. He achieved All-Maryland honors both in soccer and basketball. At Hopkins, John was prevented from repeating his outstanding record at Poly only because of the lack of sports. He did, however, manage to play football, basketball and lacrosse. Laurie Cox selected him as the captain of the All-American Team in 1928, and "Father" Bill Schmeisser chose him for the All-Time Hopkins team. He played with the famous Johns Hopkins Olympic Lacrosse Team in Amsterdam in 1928, and for five years from 1930-35 with the Mt. Washington Team.John was district manager of the Union Metal Manufacturing Company, and a sales engineer for General Electric. He was president of the Maryland Association of Engineers and commodore of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake. John Lang passed away in 1996.

  • Tyler Campbell
    1973

    Tyler Campbell

    Princeton University

    Tyler Campbell

    Princeton University

    Campbell was born in 1922 and died during World War II. His brief span of life - 22 years of growing up, school, athletics, and college - were lived as fully as any one could ever hope for. These were years of unmatched growth and superb performance. His zest for life, his enthusiastic approach to athletics, his courageous and inspirational leadership, his conscientious religious feeling, his sympathetic attitude toward his fellow man, and his charm, all contributed to making Tyler Campbell a truly remarkable man. Tyler spent at Gilman School as an outstanding student and one of Gilman's finest athletes. He captained both the hockey and lacrosse teams, and gained All-Maryland distinction in both sports. He also found time for many extracurricular activities -- sports editor of the Gilman News, head of the Athletic Council, associate editor of the yearbook, and president of the school. He received the Fisher Medallion for having rendered the greatest service to Gilman.From Gilman to Princeton, the transition was just another step up the ladder. While there he captained the freshmen and then the varsity lacrosse team. He earned first team All-America honors in 1941 and 1942. He was a first line varsity hockey player. He was president of the Varsity Club, aa member of the Undergraduate Council, the Honor Committee, the Student Faculty Association and an officer of the Princeton Engineering Society. Though Tyler acheived All-American honors as a goalie, his greatest satisfaction was scoring the winning goal as an attackman against Army in 1940. He left Princeton in June, 1942 to enlist in the Mountain Infantry. He became second lieutenant in January, 1943, and was promoted to captain in June,1944 as a direct recognition of his superior combat leadership. Less than three months later, on September 21, 1944, he was killed by machine gun fire while leading his company up a heavily wooded hill. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

  • 1972

    George A. Latimer

    Rutgers University

    George A. Latimer

    Rutgers University

    George Alvah Latimer was born in Cortland, New York, a hot bed of lacrosse, on May 16, 1909. He starred in lacrosse and football at Cortland High School, graduating in 1927. He matriculated to Rutgers University, earning letters in football and lacrosse for four years while he was at the university. He had the rare distinction of being chosen to the All-America first team for three years in 1930, 1931 and 1932, one of a handful of lacrosse greats who have attained that honor.He was the outstanding player of a selected "All-American" team vs. Canadian teams in 1930, a team coached by the late Laurie D. Cox and Jack Faber. In 1932, he played an important role in the stirring and exciting tryouts for the Olympics held that year in Los Angeles, and it was because of his role that the Rutgers lacrosse team reached the semifinal round.In 1932, he was also awarded the Donald L. Coursen Trophy at Rutgers University, given "to that member of the graduating class who has participated in a varsity major sport and has proven himself an athlete of ability, who has shown determination, courage, manliness, modesty and self-control, and who, with loyalty to the University, unselfish devotion to his teammates, and generous fairness to his opponents has played the game according to the spirit of the rules." In addition to his outstanding athletic achievements, George was elected Senior Class President at Rutgers University in 1932.He was the proprietor of "Latimer's Store for Men" in Cortland, New York. He was married to the former Hazel Stillwell. They had two sons, William, a former lacrosse player at Dean Junior College, and John, an outstanding golfer at Rollins College.

  • William H. Dobbin
    1972

    William H. Dobbin

    Hobart College

    William H. Dobbin

    Hobart College

    William H. Dobbin played at Hobart College where he was close attack, co-captain in 1940 and an All-American. He earned Second Team All-American honors in 1940 and Honorable Mention in 1939. He starred in first North/South College All-Star Game in 1940 and later became the General Chairman of the North/South Games '56 &'72. He was USILA Man of the Year in 1956 and also helped coach at Hobart that year. Later Dobbin became head coach of Geneva Lacrosse Club; '68 & '69. Official for 20 years and chief referee of the Central NY Association for 10 years. He helped start 3 high school teams in NY state. Director of Hall of Fame 3 years. Captain Basketball '40. WWII Major U.S. Marines with citations. Business leader and executive.

  • John C. Tolson
    1972

    John C. Tolson

    Johns Hopkins University

    John C. Tolson

    Johns Hopkins University

    Born in Baltimore in 1918, Tolson attended Baltimore City College High School and earned three varsity letters in lacrosse. The 1936 City College team completed an undefeated season and won the Maryland Scholastic Championship. Tolson was chosen to the All-Maryland Scholastic first team at point. City College repeated as champion in 1937, and once again Tolson was a first team All-Maryland selection. In the fall of 1937, Tolson enrolled at Johns Hopkins University and won a varsity letter in his freshman year while also being selected on the 1938 All-American third team at first defense. After the 1938 season he never again played in a losing game at Homewood Field. In his sophomore year, 1939, he was selected to the All-America first team. In 1940, Hopkins was defeated in only one game, losing 7-6 to Maryland for the national championship. For the second time, Tolson was selected to the All-America first team at defense. He was also chosen for the first North-South game in June, 1940. John was captain during the 1941 season, which was one of Hopkins greatest. An undefeated national championship season climaxed by a post season game with Mt. Washington, which Hopkins won 7-6. Tolson was a first team All-American for the third consecutive year on defense, and Father Bill Schmeisser named him to the All-Time Hopkins Team. He was chosen for the second time for the North-South Game. 

    After graduation in 1941, Tolson entered the Navy, and was commissioned an ensign. He served four years and was a lieutenant when released to inactive duty. While in the Navy he served in the Caribbean and as U.S. Liaison Officer to the Royal Dutch Navy. After the war he played with the Mt. Washington Club for the 1946 and 1947 seasons. In 1971, he was chosen to the Lacrosse Honor Roll of the Mt. Washington Club. John was inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1999, he was selected to Lacrosse Magazine's All-Century Team. John was employed by Koppers Company from 1946 to 1951 as staff assistant to the general manager. He left Koppers and joined Bendix Corporation in 1951 as a project coordinator. He retired from Bendix as senior cost supervisor in 1984. John Tolson passed away in 2001.

  • 1972

    Norwood Sothoron

    University of Maryland

    Norwood Sothoron

    University of Maryland

    Sothoron was born in Charlotte Hall, Maryland in 1911. After finishing high school at Charlotte Hall Military Academy, he matriculated at the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1934. While at Maryland, Norwood won letters in four sports - football, baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He was selected as first team All-American in lacrosse in 1933 and 1934, and was selected to the All-Southern Conference Football Team in 1934. He also received honorable mention on the All-American football team in 1934. In addition, he received the Senior Award for the best athlete in his class. Sothoron's activities were not confined to the athletic field; he was vice president of his junior class and president of the senior class. Norwood, in his senior year, was awarded the Citizenship Medal which is one of the highest awards at the University. He spent five years in the Army from 1941 to 1946, rising to the lofty rank of colonel. He spent almost 23 years as commandant of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy. Norwood Sothoron passed away in 2005.

  • Wiliam N. Ritch
    1972

    Wiliam N. Ritch

    Syracuse University

    Wiliam N. Ritch

    Syracuse University

    Ritch began his lacrosse career as a player for Peekskill Military Academy in 1933, continuing through four years at Syracuse University and three years of club play with the Crescent Athletic Club (Brooklyn). He then began coaching, most notably as head coach at Sewanhaka (N.Y.) High School. As a player, Bill was a team captain in high school and college, a member of the All-American squad in 1938 and 1940, and played for the North in the first North/South game in 1940.Ritch was head coach of Sewanhaka from 1948-60, and again from 1963-78. His lacrosse teams had a record of 362 wins, 60 losses, and 1 tie. Under Bill's leadership, Sewanhaka went undefeated for eight consecutive seasons (1948-1957). They were Long Island Champions from 1949 to 1959 - eleven consecutive years - and broke the national high school record by winning 91 consecutive games. Bill was named Nassau County coach of the year in 1972 and was the recipient of the Dartmouth Alumni Trophy. He also received the USLCA Secondary School Area Coach of the Year Award. Ninety-two of his former players became All-Americans. 

    In 1970 and 1971, Bill coached the Long Island Athletic Club to the U.S. Lacrosse Club Championship, coming up with a cumulative record of 25 wins and three losses. Bill coached the freshman team at Hofsta University in 1960 and 1961. He also was an assistant coach at Dartmouth from 1979 to 1983. His overall record as a head coach was 396-79-1.Throughout his career, Bill was active in promoting lacrosse, not only in the secondary schools but also in the community at large. He served as lacrosse chairman of the South Shore Athletic League in Nassau County, as well as the Nassau County Athletic Association and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the USLCA (1956,1957, 1969), served as vice president in 1958 and 1959, and three terms as president (1960-1962). He was a member of the Executive Board of USILA in 1963 and 1964, and was active with the Long Island Lacrosse Coaches Association from the time that it was organized. He was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Hall of Fame in 1986 and also into the Sewanhaka High School Hall of Fame.Bill was awarded the Governors Trophy in 1970 by Hero's, Inc. for 25 years of service to the game of lacrosse. He conducted numerous clinics and promotional programs, especially on Long Island. He was Chairman of the USLCA Secondary School Committee (1955-1959) and served on the GuideBook Committee (1956 and 1966) and the Equipment Committee (1958 and 1966). Bill Ritch passed away in February, 1998.

  • Frederic M. Hewitt
    1971

    Frederic M. Hewitt

    University of Maryland

    Frederic M. Hewitt

    University of Maryland

    Hewitt, better known as "Rip," attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where he won letters and was an outstanding athlete in football, ice hockey and lacrosse. He was All-Maryland in 1934 and invited to go with the state championship team to play the Long Island champions. Rip entered the University of Maryland in 1936 where he achieved success in football and lacrosse. In football he was elected All-State and All-Southern Conference. In the 1937 and 1938 lacrosse seasons, Rip was first team center before moving to close attack in his senior year. Because of his outstanding ability to gain the center draw he performed this function for the Terrapins even while he played close attack. He was an All-Maryland selection at both center and close attack from 1937 through 1939 and All-American close attack his senior year. In 1940 he began playing for the Mt. Washington Club, continuing through 1949 as center for the Mounts, except for 1949 when moved to the feeder position on the close attack by coach Oster Norris. He was captain of the 1946 team and was selected as a midfielder on the All-Time Mt. Washington Team. 

    Rip coached Maryland's freshmen lacrosse team in 1940 and 1941, sustaining only one loss in the two years. From 1950 through 1954, he served as assistant coach of the Mt. Washington Club and succeeded Norris as head coach in the years 1955 and 1956. They won the Open Championship in 1955 and the Club Championship in both years. He entered the service as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in June,1941, and was awarded the Bronze Star as a result of the planning and execution of the effective crossing of the Rhine River. He retired from the Maryland National Guard in 1959 with the Brevet Rank of Colonel. After separation from the regular service in 1946, he entered the field of sales engineering. Rip was past chairman of the board, president and treasurer of Taze and Hewitt, Inc., manufacturer's representatives in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment field. Although Rip concentrated on lacrosse, he did not neglect other forms of athletic endeavor. He was selected for, and played on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey team in England. He was also active in tennis, swimming and boating. Rip Hewitt passed away in 2010.

  • Carlton J. Ferris
    1971

    Carlton J. Ferris

    Hobart College

    Carlton J. Ferris

    Hobart College

    Carl was an outstanding attackman for Hobart College from 1934 to 1937 and was chosen as Hobart's Most Valuable Player in 1936 and 1937. Carl was first team All-American in 1936 and 1937, and honorable mention in 1935. He played with the American team against Canada in 1936 and England in 1937, as well as North/South games in 1936. He also earned varsity letters in football and basketball, making him a nine-letter man at Hobart. He helped start lacrosse at Geneva High School and officiated for eight years. Selected as a charter member of the Hobart Hall of Fame, he also served as executive director of the Hobart Alumni Association for a number of years following his graduation. A civic leader and business executive throughout his life, Carl Ferris passed away in 1988.