1980 Hall of Honor
In 1894, Beloit alumni interested in seeing the athletic program expand provided funds to hire a coach for one year. The subsequent appointment of John Hollister as the first physical training instructor and coach began a rich athletic tradition at the College. As a Williams College undergraduate, Hollister excelled in football and baseball and received high praise as an all-around athlete. He brought to Beloit the same skills and enthusiasm, and successfully united baseball, football, track, and tennis under single management. Under his patient direction, interest in athletics grew, and the individual and team efforts of his players soon produced victories over powerful university rivals. Hollister left Beloit to complete law studies at the University of Michigan, then returned in 1899 to guide the College’s athletic fortunes to a new high level of success. His efforts also led to the 1904 construction of the Smith Gymnasium. Hollister completed his coaching career at Morningside College in Iowa and later served as a publishing company executive in Chicago, where he died in 1950 at the age of 80.
Lucius Porter was a record-setting track man who made a strong lifelong commitment to physical fitness. Throughout his college days and during his distinguished career as a missionary, educator, and author, he practiced this physical fitness philosophy and inspired others to do the same. Porter ranked among the best collegians nationally in the 220-yard low hurdles and the 120-yard high hurdles at Beloit, and later as a divinity student at Yale. His College record in the high hurdles stood for 22 years. In 1915, at age 35, he won both hurdle events and ran in the victorious relay team in the star-studded Eastern Open. He still ran competitively in China, a quarter-century later, when he challenged any 60-year-old to race with him, and was disappointed that there were no takers. A pioneer in what is popular today as jogging, Porter throughout his life continued to demonstrate his strong belief in the theory that one must never stop exercising by running at least two miles daily. As the eldest grandson of Aaron Lucius Chapin, Beloit’s first president, Lucius Chapin Porter carried on a proud heritage with style and distinction until his death in 1958.
“Bob” Rudolph was an outstanding center on the first York High School basketball team to join the “Elite Eight” finalists at the Illinois state tournament. He continued to display his impressive talent on the collegiate scene and made Beloit a Midwest Conference championship contender for three years by leading the Buccaneers to 46 victories in 64 games. He was named the team’s most valuable player as a junior and senior when he was first in scoring and rebounding, and was an all-conference selection both seasons. Despite his height of “only 6-3”, Rudolph played the pivot position well against consistently taller opponents. His total of 1,218 points, for a per-game average of 18.9, placed him third among the College’s all-time high scorers. In his senior year, he scored 418 points and had 179 rebounds to pace the Bucs to a 17-4 record, the best for a Bill Knapton – coached team up to that time. Rudolph graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1969. He is now a partner in the legal firm of Rudolph, Kubasta, Rathien and Murach in Wautoma, Wisconsin