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OWU Alumnus Inducted into GTE All-America Hall of Fame

April 14, 2000

[ GTE Hall of Fame Web Site Screen Shot ]STAMFORD, CONN. -- 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.

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 for 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."

A 1948 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Dr. F. Sherwood 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.