1970 Hall of Honor
Thousands of people, young and old alike, have benefited from Pat Dawson’s long and dedicated career in athletics and recreation. A native Beloiter, schooled during the Tommy Mills era, he won three letters each in football and baseball and played three other sports. He was a quarterback with an educated toe, gaining national recognition in 1924 by drop-kicking four field-goals in Beloit’s 12-11 Homecoming win over Carleton and receiving All-America mention. When injuries cut short a possible professional career, he became a successful high school coach. Dawson was named Janesville’s Athletic Director in 1930 – and eventually coached eight sports there. After World War II service as an intelligence-liaison officer and a member of General Eisenhower’s staff, he returned to Janesville as a recreation director, launching a program in grade-school intramurals and summer playground activities and developing it into many adult fields. His efforts earned the department three Freedoms Foundation awards, and a George Washington honor medal. He also found time to head numerous state recreational and physical education associations, and to be an American Legion baseball commissioner. Upon his retirement in 1969, Janesville expressed its appreciation for his exemplary community service by staging a “Pat Dawson’s Day”.
“Hank” Levihn is a home-town product who has been called “the finest tackle ever to play at Beloit College.” He played football and wrestled at Wisconsin for a year before coming to Beloit to rejoin his former high school coach, Carl Nelson. While sitting out a year’s residency, he won the intramural heavyweight wrestling championship. Beloit football was at its best when he excelled on two teams which posted an over-all 15-1 record. In 1952, when the Buccaneers attained their first undefeated season in 61 years, Levihn led a defensive platoon which yielded only three touchdowns. Playing both offense and defense, he had the lineman’s rare pleasure of scoring three touchdowns, two on pass-interception runbacks of 40 and 50 yards and the third after blocking a kick. His superior ability and desire earned him Little All-American honors, and he was the only small-college player named to the first-team Phi Kappa Psi All-Fraternity squad. Levihn’s wrestling achievements are equally impressive; as a heavyweight and team captain, he won all 13 of his matches, eight by pins, and captured the 1953 Wisconsin AAU title. Today an orthodontist in Janesville, he retains his avid interest in sports.