PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania will induct 12 new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame this Saturday, Nov. 5. The inductees made up the fifth Hall of Fame class since its creation in 1996.
The celebration of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Class V will take place at the Inn at Penn beginning at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 8 p.m. The event will cap off a full day of Homecoming celebrations at Penn.
Penn Athletics Hall of Fame - Class V
Jane Hall Carter, C’89
One of Penn’s top female fencers, Jane Hall Carter, C’89 was a three-time All-American as a Quaker. During her rookie season, she was a first-team All-American while helping the Quakers to an undefeated season and the NCAA National Championship.
With the foil as her weapon of choice, Carter went on to be named a second-team All-American in 1988 and 1989, as well as All-Ivy League in 1986, 1988 and 1989. She was also the captain of the 1989 squad.
After Penn, Carter continued her fencing career as a member of the U.S. National Team. From 1990 to 1996, she competed internationally, and won a gold medal with the American team at the 1991 Pan-American Games. She was also a member of the 1990, 1991 and 1993 U.S. World Championships teams and the 1989 World University Games team.
Today, Carter works in clinical research for MetaWorks, Inc. She remains active with fencing as a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the U.S. Fencing Association.
Carter and her husband (James) and their children (Elizabeth, 6, and Joseph, 3) live in Bedford, Mass. Jane’s sister-in-law, MaryEllen Carter, is a Wharton professor.
Howard Coonley II, C’66
Only one award is given out each year in men’s squashthe Coonley Bowl, which is given in honor of Howard Coonley II, C’66. The bowl is awarded annually “to that member of the University of Pennsylvania varsity squash team who through his qualities of leadership and sportsmanship has brought recognition to the game of squash racquets and the University of Pennsylvania.”
No wonder it is named in his honor. Coonley was a three-time letterwinner in squash and tennis at Penn, and captained the Quaker squash team in 1966 when he went 9-0 in dual matches, won the National Intercollegiate Championship (Penn’s first in nearly 30 years), and was the top-ranked player in the U.S. National Intercollegiate rankings. Penn won a share of the Ivy League title that year, the first in program history.
As a junior, Coonley led Penn to the U.S. National Four-Man Championships and finished the season ranked second individually; that came on the heels of a No. 10 ranking that he garnered as a sophomore in 1964.
On the tennis courts, Coonley was a member of the 1965 Penn team that shared the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association (EITA) title with Harvard and Princetonagain, the first conference championship for the Quakers in that sport.
Coonley continues to live in Philadelphia, and remains actively involved with Penn and Penn Squash.
Earl W. Eby, W’21
Penn men’s track and field has long considered the 800-meter race to be “its” event. Earl Eby is one of the earliest examples; he was a silver medalist in the 800 at the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium and the 1919 Inter-Allied Games held in Paris, France.
Eby also holds the honor of being Penn’s first NCAA track championhe won the 880 at the first NCAA Championship meet in Chicago in 1921. Prior to that, he was the 880 titleist at both the 1920 and 1921 Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) meetsuntil the NCAA meet came along, the IC4A was considered the national collegiate championship meet.
Ebywho was captain of the 1921 Penn track teamput together quite a string of championships during his tenure at Penn. In addition to his numerous titles at the 800 and 880 distances, he was a three-time USA Track and Field champion in the indoor 500.
Robert A. Evans, C’53
Robert “Bob” Evans, C’53, was a three-year letterwinner in football who served as that team’s first African-American captain. In an era when Penn competed against high-powered programs like Notre Dame, Michigan, Army and Navy, Evans caught the sporting world’s attention when he was named captain of the Quakers in 1952.
Before enrolling at Penn, the North Philadelphia native starred as a tackle at Roman Catholic High School, leading his school to the Catholic League and City championships. Evans also was a member of the scholastic All-America team in 1948. At Penn, his standout performances earned him high praise from opponents, and he was named to Notre Dame’s All-Opponent team. After graduation, Evans was drafted by the Chicago Bears.
After Penn, Evans served in the Navy until 1956, and opened a funeral business in 1959. He later became executive director of the Philadelphia Council for Equal Job Opportunity. In 1968, Evans joined Philadelphia National Bank, and eventually became the vice president of human resources.
Steven L. Galetta, C’79, GM’87
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Steven Galetta, C’79, GM’87, took the road less travelled out of his neighborhood to land at Penn in the fall of 1975 and went on to a stellar four-year career in both lightweight (now sprint) football and track for the Quakers.
In football, he was a four-time letterwinner and captain of the 1978 team. That same season, he was recipient of the Lt. Charles E. Schmucker Award as “the ideal lightweight football player.” A four-time first-team all-league player, Galetta remains third on the program’s career rushing chart with 2,091 yardsat the time of his graduation it was a school record, and it stood for 21 yearsand his 819 yards in 1975 (which was the school record until 1989) remains fifth on the single-season list.
In track, Galetta was an All-Ivy and All-East performer, as well as an NCAA finalist in 1976. Galetta was honored with the Class of 1915 Award in 1979 as the University’s outstanding male athlete.
Galetta was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and attended Cornell Medical School following graduation. These days, he is the Van Meter Professor of Neurology and Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology as well as Director of Neurology Training at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He has won numerous awards, including both the American Neurological Association Teacher of the Year and the Association of American Medical Colleges Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2004. He won the Durhring Award for Outstanding Clinical Specialist in 1998 and the Dripps Award for Outstanding Medical Educator in 2002.
Steve lives with his wife, Eugenia, and their childrenKristin (19), Michael (17) and Matt (10)in Merion Station, Pa. He remains active in running; in fact, he achieved All-America status in Masters track in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Steve finished second in the 200-meter run at the State Games of America held in St Louis, and was a member of the East Team that won the gold medal in the 4x100 relay.
Karen A. Kelso, C’85
Karen Kelso, C’85, left her mark as one of the Red and Blue’s most decorated and accomplished women’s squash players. In addition to numerous Ivy League and tournament accolades, Kelso went on to enjoy an exceptional international squash career after graduating.
Kelso made an impact from the first time she walked into Ringe Courts. She won the Princeton Invitational as a freshman, en route to earning the first of her four first-team All-Ivy League nodsthe first of only four Quakers to achieve that status to date. Kelso earned first-team All-America recognition in 1984-85 as a senior.
Twice a finalist for the individual title at the National Intercollegiate Championships, she also finished seventh at the 1983 USSRA Nationals. Kelso was named team co-MVP in 1984 and captained the 1985 team. An accomplished student-athlete, Kelso also played two years of field hockey at Penn.
In addition to her Penn career, Kelso also had great international success. She competed in two Junior World events and five USA Team World Championships. She was a member of seven national teams, playing around the globe at competitions in Canada, England, Ireland, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina and the Isle of Guernsey.
At the top of her game, Kelso was ranked first in the nation in women’s doubles, second in hardball squash, third in softball squash, and 27th in the world WISPA rankings. Kelso is still actively involved in the squash world as a club professional and a competitive player. She currently resides with her daughter Sandy in Evergreen, Colo.
Barton B. Leach, C’55
Barton B. Leach, C’55, was a three-year letterwinner in basketball and baseball at Penn, but he definitely made his largest mark on the hardwood. In fact, he holds the distinction of being Penn’s original first-team All-Ivy honoree; he was one of the five named to that first All-Ivy team that was honored his senior year.
Leach was captain of the 1954-55 Penn hoops squad that went 19-6 overall and finished third in the first Ivy League championship race. During his sophomore year, the Quakers posted a 22-5 record, won the Eastern Intercollegiate League (EIL) with a 10-2 mark, and became the first Penn men’s basketball team to play in the NCAA Tournament (the Quakers lost to Notre Dame 69-57 in the first round, then beat DePaul 90-70 in a consolation game).
Leach is second on Penn’s all-time list and fifth in the Ivy League with 1,066 career rebounds, an average of 14.8 per game. He also holds the school and Ivy mark for rebounds in a game (32 vs. Harvard on Feb. 18, 1955); in fact, he holds four of the top six single-game rebounding totals in Quaker historyperhaps even more amazing, three of them happened within seven days of each other.
Leach was drafted by the Boston Celtics following graduation; he later spent 28 years in the ministry and 17 years in business. He married Ruth Smith Leach (College for Women 54) and they have three childrenson Dana and daughters Brenda and Nancyand three grandchildren.
Christine H. Lundy, C’92, V’96
Christine Lundy, C’92 V’96, enjoyed a superb career both on the cross country course and on the track for Penn. She was a two-time All-American in cross country, in 1989 and 1991, and also earned first-team Heptagonal honors in cross country (1990 and 1991) with a top-five finish at the championship meet. In track, Lundy earned All-America honors in 1992 in the outdoor 3,000 meters. Her three All-America certificates are more than any other female cross country/track & field athlete has won at Penn.
Lundy’s name is splattered throughout the Penn track record book. In indoor, she still holds the mark in the 5,000 (16:47.43), is second in the 3,000 (9:26.82), third in the mile (4:54.23) and sixth in the 1,000 (2:57.70). Outdoors, she is second in the 5,000 (16:32.63) and 3,000 (9:28.47) and ninth in the 1,500 (4:34.04).
Lundy has continued to run since her graduationshe was a member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team in 2005, and competed in the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials. She competed as a member of the Nike Farm Team from 2001-04.
Lundy currently lives in Sausalito, Calif.
Christopher S. O’Loughlin, C’89
Chris O’Loughlin, C’89, established himself as one of the premier fencers in Penn history with a bevy of championships and honors to his credit. As a freshman in 1986, O’Loughlin dominated collegiate fencing by capturing an individual NCAA national championship in epee.
A four-time All-America and All-Ivy selection, O’Loughlin captained the Red and Blue during his junior and senior seasons. In addition to his NCAA title as a freshman, he won the Intercollegiate Fencing Association’s (IFA) Eastern Championship that year. He competed in the World University Games four times, as well.
After his Penn career, O’Loughlin became an accomplished international fencer. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, and was first alternate for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He has been, and continues to be, a member of the national team, and has competed multiple times in the World Championships and the Junior World Championships. O’Loughlin was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 1991 Pan-American Games, and he won a silver in epee at the 1989 Maccabiah Games.
O’Loughlin continues to be active in the world of fencing. He was the individual national champion in 2000, and a member of the six-time national champion New York Athletic Club team. Since 1997, he has been the men’s epee representative to the United States Fencing Association, and has been the NYAC Fencing Committee chairman since 2002. Most recently, O’Loughlin served as a committee member for the New York City 2012 Olympics bid.
O’Loughlin is married to Colleen Clinton; they live in New York City.
H. Raymond “Dutch” Peck, W’20
Hubert Raymond Peck, affectionately known as “Dutch,” W’20, has maintained his position as one of the greatest guards in Penn basketball history for nearly a century now.
After a year on the freshman squad, Dutch got right to making an impact. His consistently strong guarding, combined with his field-goal shooting, made him the heart of the Quaker team. He started a Penn basketball dynasty his sophomore year when he led the team to the first of three consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate League (EIL) championships, from 1918-1920. In his final year, he was elected to be “captain” of the team. This great 1919-20 Penn squad went through the season undefeated and then, in a three-game playoff, defeated the University of Chicagochampion of the Western Conferenceto be crowned “National” Champions. In 1920, “Dutch” was named to the very first college All-America basketball team, and was elected to the All-Collegiate, All-Star Quintet.
“A better guard than Peck can not be found in collegiate ranks. It was the work of this man that enabled Penn to keep opposing teams from scoring frequently from the field,” read a local newspaper at the time.
After graduation, “Dutch” stayed active in the amateur basketball ranks, where he shared his wealth of hoop knowledge, before entering into a successful business management career.
H. Raymond “Dutch” Peck will continue to be revered in Penn basketball circles for centuries to come.
John B. Taylor, W’1908
John Baxter Taylor made a name for himself at Penn before he even donned the Red and Blue; while at Brown Preparatory, he was a member of a team celebrated for not losing a race and capturing the one-mile interscholastic relay championship at the Penn Relays.
Taylor entered the Wharton School in 1903, withdrew at the end of his second year and moved into the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1908. During his tenure at Penn, Taylor was regarded as the finest quarter-miler in the college ranks, winning three IC4A championships at 440 yards and setting the record at 48.6 seconds. In 1907 he was the national indoor champion for 600 yards.
Internationally, Taylor holds two distinctionshe is the first African-American selected to represent the United States internationally in any sport, and he is the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal (as a member of the United States’ 1600-meter relay team at the 1908 London Games; another member of that relay team was Taylor’s Penn teammate, Quaker Hall of Famer Nathaniel J. Cartmell).
Unfortunately, Taylor had only a few months to enjoy his success; he died of typhoid pneumonia on December 2, 1908.
Today, the trophy given to the men’s team champion at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships is named in John Taylor’s honor.
Joseph W. Valerio, C’91
Joe Valerio, C’91, played his way into Penn football history during his four years as an offensive tackle for the Quakers. A three-year letterwinner, he continued to leave his mark after hanging up his Red and Blue jersey by donning an NFL uniform.
Valerio’s accolades began to accumulate his freshman year, when he was named Offensive MVP of the freshman team. In 1988, he was the only sophomore to letter on offense for a Quaker team that went 9-1 and won the Ivy League championship. By junior year, people were watching him at the end of the season, Valerio received first-team All-Ivy League accolades and received Penn’s Bagnell Award, given to the most improved player. When he arrived at Franklin Field as a senior in the fall of 1990, Valerio was bearing captain and pre-season All-America titles. At season’s end, he added Penn’s Bednarik (top lineman) and Munger (MVP) Awards, another first-team All-Ivy League nod, an Ivy League Player of the Year candidacy, first-team All-ECAC honors, and first-team All-America accolades from several organizations (including Associated Press, Kodak and Walter Camp, to name a few) to his list of achievements.
Following the 1990 season Valerio was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game, and in the spring of 1991 he was nabbed by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the NFL draft.
Valerio played for the Chiefs for five seasons, where he won the hearts of Kansas City fans and earned a nomination for NFL Man of the Year; he then headed to St. Louis to play out his last pro season as a Ram. In short, Joe Valerio left a standard Penn lineman dream to
Valerio and his wife, Jennifer, have eight-year-old triplets: Taylor, Madison and Hailey. They currently reside in Glen Mills, Pa.