Caltech Athletics Announces 2017 Hall of Honor Class

Caltech Athletics Announces 2017 Hall of Honor Class

PASADENA (Apr. 7, 2017) – Caltech Athletics is pleased to announce the members of the 2017 Hall of Honor.  Four scholar-athletes and one distinguished alum and professor will join the 21 other individuals and three teams already enshrined on Sunday, May 21.

The class consists of C. Kevin Boyce ’95, Gerald Eisman ’71, George Papa ’94, Kristen Zortman (Sutherland ’05) and Robert P. Sharp ’34.

This year’s Hall of Honor ceremony will take place during the annual scholar-athlete awards banquet, which will be held on Sunday, May 21 from approximately 12-2 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium.  No registration is required, although seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


C. Kevin Boyce ‘95

 A four-time West Region champion and NCAA qualifier, Boyce is the most decorated fencer in Caltech history.  After competing as a Junior Olympian prior to enrolling at Caltech, he led the saber team to two regional titles while compiling a 167-3 record in NCAA and conference competition over his four-year career, which he highlighted with a pair of All-America honors for placing eighth (Second Team) and 10th (Third Team) as a junior and sophomore.  His exploits earned him Caltech Outstanding Athlete recognition as a senior and he remains the only Beaver fencer to qualify for even three national championships.

Boyce graduated with dual degrees in biology and literature and has gone on to a distinguished career in paleobotany, having earned his doctorate from Harvard in 2001, serving on multiple committees and earning several awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013.  He spent 10 years as an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago and currently holds the same position at Stanford University. 


Gerald Eisman ‘71
Men’s Soccer

Caltech soccer’s all-time goals leader on record, Eisman tallied 21 scores over 45 games in a career that devastatingly was cut short by a broken leg in his senior year.  A two-time First Team All-SCIAC selection, he also is the only Beaver on record able to claim a 10-goal season, which earned him NAIA District 3 First Team recognition and All-America consideration as a junior.  He was a member of the program’s most recent winning team, which placed third in the conference in 1969.

Eisman earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley before embarking on a lauded career at San Francisco State University as a professor, department chair and Director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.  He has  received multiple commendations, including the California Campus Compact’s 2010 Richard E. Cone Award recognizing his accomplishments in creating and sustaining student and faculty community service throughout the state.


George Papa ‘94
Men’s Basketball

Papa ended his distinguished career as the program’s all-time leader in career points (1,297), a record which stood for 19 years despite his having played just three seasons, and still holds the mark for the most points scored in a single game (43).  A two-time Second Team All-SCIAC selection, the forward also earned the Vesper Basketball Trophy twice and was named the Carl Shy Freshman of the Year.  Upon graduation, he held the single-season records for rebounds and assists while also ranking second in points and blocks and was named the Caltech Outstanding Athlete in his final year.

Papa graduated with honors and holds dual degrees in applied physics and economics.  He founded SpiderRock Holdings and remains the managing partner of the wealth management fund, in addition to holding various roles in its subsidiary holdings, including as executive chairman of SpiderRock Advisors, which automates and scales option-based investment strategies for institutions and advisors.


Kristen Zortman (Sutherland) ‘05
Track & Field, Volleyball, Baseball

A three-sport scholar-athlete during her time at Caltech, Zortman became the third female track & field scholar-athlete to compete at the NCAA National Championships, where she placed 14th in the javelin as a senior.  She earned All-SCIAC honors both years on the team, placing third and fourth while also running key legs on relays that placed fourth, fifth and sixth at the SCIAC Championships.  She still holds program records in the javelin, 100- and 200-meter dashes and led the Beavers to their highest point total at the SCIAC Championships in program history.  Zortman, who was a member of the Wisconsin state champion softball team as a high school senior, began her career at Caltech as a two-year starter on the baseball team before joining track & field, in addition to playing three seasons of volleyball in which she ranked second on the team in all three attacking categories and blocks.


Robert P. Sharp ‘34
Football, Track & Field

One of the most well-known and respected professors in Caltech history, “Bob” Sharp spent 35 years directly affiliated with Caltech and a further 25 as a professor emeritus in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.  Renowned for his academic pursuits following graduation, Sharp starred at quarterback during his undergraduate years at Caltech and was recognized for his significant career on and off the gridiron as one of 25 Men of Achievement in the 1958 Christmas Sports Illustrated issue.  Team captain and a recipient of the Wheaton Trophy for ability, leadership and scholarship, he led the 1930 and 1931 teams to the only two outright titles in program history.  A leading authority in surface study of Earth and Mars, his numerous accolades include Life magazine naming him one of 10 outstanding teachers in the U.S., National Academy of Sciences membership and the Geological Society of America Penrose Medal.   

Sharp was a noted supporter of athletics at the Institute.  From lines such as football serving to show a scientist he needed “to be determined as hell and that there is a certain poise and aggressiveness that is desirable” to “one of the great opportunities offered by Caltech, if you had the will, was participation in varsity sports,” Sharp remarked on several occasions about the invaluable lessons that can be learned and transferred to other walks of life.

After earning his BS and MS at Caltech, he went on to complete a doctorate in geology at Harvard in 1938 and worked in the geology department at the University of Illinois prior to joining and becoming a captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1943-45.  He spent a brief stint at the University of Minnesota before returning to Caltech, where he served as a professor and division chairman from 1952-68 before retiring in 1979.  Caltech honored him with the institution of the Robert P. Sharp Professorship in Geology, a seat which he held in his final year at Caltech before retaining the “Emeritus” title.



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