1965 Hall of Honor
The 2016 SAAC Athletic Awards Banquet is on Wednesday, May 4, in Flood Arena. A webcast of this event is available.
Ron Bontemps for two years captained a basketball team which won national recognition for Beloit College; his three years of stardom on the Beloit team won for him an unquestioned place as the greatest basketball player in Beloit’s history. Following service in World War II, Bontemps entered Beloit in 1947 and quickly became a star player under Dolph Stanley, which established new records in Beloit: The most successful team in history, six consecutive Midwest Conference titles, forty successive conference victories, national records of 141 points in one game and 86.6 points per game, an NCAA record for field goal accuracy. In his three years, Beloit won 76 games and lost only 13. Bontemps scored 1770 points, 301 points in ten games, and was ninth in the nation among individual scorers. Following graduation, Bontemps continued in his spectacular career with the Peoria Caterpillars, AAU Champions. He was a member of the Unites States basketball team at the 1952 Olympics in Finland, played in the East-West game at Madison Square Garden, and in 1954 was named Player of the Year by the Los Angeles TIMES. In 1958 his name was placed in the Hall of Fame of the Helms Foundation.
A unique honor was to “Bud” Butler in the fall of 1940 when the Midwest Conference championship came to Beloit College; coach of that winning team, he had been captain of the team which had won the same championship exactly fifteen years before. Two other honors held by Butler were winning four letters in one sport – football – and selection for two successive years as end oh the Midwest Conference Mythical Eleven. The annual of Butler’s Senior year rated him “one of the best ends who over performed for Beloit” since the spectacular career of Big Ed Merrill; Captain Butler’s team was deemed “the greatest team that ever represented Beloit on the gridiron.” Ten years after graduation Charles E. Butler, then a successful Chicago businessman, returned to his alma mater and for five years devoted the fall weeks to coaching football, a career climaxed in 1940 when Beloit again won the Conference Championship. The 1941 annual was dedicated to Butler with this accolade: “To Charles E. Butler, whose personality, character and leadership have inspired in Beloit’s football teams the desire to win regardless of all offs...Respected in victory and defeat by his opponents for his unswerving clean sportsmanship, “Bud” brought only praise to himself and his alma mater.”