Caltech Celebrates Its Athletic History

Caltech Celebrates Its Athletic History

PASADENA, CA – On a beautiful sun-baked Sunday afternoon during Caltech's Alumni Association’s annual Alumni Weekend & Seminar Day the rich history of the institute's athletic heritage was on display.

After an extensive process of nominating and voting there were 10 individual honorees and one team that received induction into the first ever Hall of Honor class. (The complete list of honorees and highlights of their respective accomplishments can be viewed below)

The two-hour ceremony featured comments from Caltech's Dean of Undergraduate Students D. Roderick Kiewet, current senior student-athletes Albie Lavin and Rebekah Kitto and was MC'd by Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Betsy Mitchell.

Each honoree, or a representative for the honoree, was given a few minutes to speak on what it meant to receive the accolade. Many of the induction speeches were captured on video and can be viewed below:

Angie Bealko Induction Video
Tom Gutman Induction Video
1969-70 Wrestling Team Induction Video
Fred Anson Induction Video
C. Alan Beagle Induction Video
For Phil Conley - Bruce Kennedy Induction Video
For Glen Graham - Michael Stevenson Induction Video
Lynn Hildemann's Statement - Read by Betsy Mitchell Induction Video
For Fred Newman - Lance Newman Induction Video
Dick Van Kirk Induction Video

A complete photo gallery of the afternoon's event can be viewed as well:

2014 Hall of Honor Photo Gallery

Information on the how to nominated for the Class of 2015 (and future classes) can be found on the Hall of Honor webpage.

The 2014 Hall of Honor Class

Fred Anson (class of 1954) – Basketball – Arguably the best player in Caltech history. His 1199 career points stood as the school record for 43 years and is still the fifth most ever by a Beaver player. Fred was the captain of the 1954 SCIAC Championship team. He led the league in scoring his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was honored by the conference as a three-time first-team selection.

C. Alan Beagle (class of 1970) – Wrestling, Football – Won the NAIA Regional Championship at 190 lbs. his senior year. Alan was a two-time SCIAC champion in wrestling. He captained the 1970 team that won the league championship as he went through the year with a 13-0 mark. He also earned football all-conference honors as a defensive player during the 1969 season.

Phil Conley (class of 1956) – Track and Field, Football, Basketball – Represented the U.S.A. and Caltech at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia where he placed tenth in the javelin competition.  During his time at Caltech he won the SCIAC javelin title three times. In addition to his prowess in track and field, he competed on the football and basketball teams. During his senior year he was the captain on each team. He was an eight-time all-SCIAC honoree in three different sports.

Glenn Graham (class of 1926) – Track and Field - Earned the silver medal in the pole vault at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Glenn captained the 1926 Caltech team that tied with Occidental for the SCIAC Championship. He was a central part of the 1925 Beavers team that was unbeaten in their five dual meets.  

Lynn Hildemann (class of 1980) – Swimming and Diving, Volleyball – Won the SCIAC one- and three-meter title a combined six times. Lynn competed at the AIAW National Championships. Lynn earned all-conference honors on 10 separate occasions during her time in the pool (six in diving, four in swimming). She was also a starter on the first Caltech volleyball team in 1979.

Fred Newman (class of 1959) – Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer – An all-SCIAC selection at least one-time in each of the four sports he played. Earned all-conference honors eight times, including six first-team selections. After graduating from Caltech he earned numerous World Records for his free throw shooting ability.

Celia Peterson (class of 1981) – Cross Country, Track and Field – Won the 1977 SCIAC cross country championship and finished second in the 1978 race. Still holds the school marathon record and her 3000 meter time from 1978 is still the second best mark all-time at Caltech. The SCIAC honors her with an annual award presented to the cross country runner exemplifying great character, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

Dick Van Kirk (class of 1958) – Basketball, Football, Track and Field – Named all-conference performer eight times in three sports. Still holds the school record for long jump. At graduation was honored with the Frederick W. Hinrichs award for most outstanding member of the senior class.

Pioneer Award - Student athletes who were involved as a catalyst for change within Caltech Athletics

Angie Bealko (class of 1996) – Basketball – Played on the men’s team before starting the women’s basketball club program which played a major role in the creation of the NCAA program the institute has today.

Team Category - proven excellence in their sport and stand out as one of the best teams in their participation period

The 1969-70 Wrestling team – Won the SCIAC title outright. The squad featured four wrestlers who won the league title at their respective weight class and five who finished as runner-up. Six individuals completed the year at the NAIA District tournament with a top four finish.

Coach Category - positive impact on students and the community.  Dedication as an educator and role model are essential.

Tom Gutman – Head coach for the wrestling (1966-78) and football (1968-79) teams. As a wrestling coach he won three SCIAC Championship and had 14 different individuals win league titles in their weight class. Tom was well known for his tireless commitment and mentoring of each of the student-athletes he coached.