1975 Hall of Honor
Coming to campus with impressive credentials as an all-Wisconsin guard on the 1913 Janesville High School state championship basketball team and as an excellent football player, “Ray” Elder was a hardcourt and gridiron standout during his two years at Beloit. He was a daring broken-field runner, a sure tackler and a defensive stalwart who paced the football team to two successive 5-2 seasons and who earned all-state honors as a halfback in 1914. As a basketball guard and center, Elder was noted for his high scoring, clever ball handling, good defense and superb passing, sparking the 1914 squad to the Little Five title. He later played at the University of Wisconsin and captained the Janesville Lakota Cardinals professional basketball team. After service a a U.S. Army flying instructor in England during World War I, he first was athletic director at Kenosha High School and then head basketball coach and football assistant at Northwestern University. Elder left athletics in the mid-20’s to join his father in the tobacco processing business in Chippewa Falls, where he died of a heart attack in 1936 at the age of 44.
More than a decade after his graduation, the name of “Harve” Flodin still appears under seven Beloit College track records. Athlete of the year as a senior and twice Midwest Conference 440 champion, he holds two individual school marks and shares in five others as a member of relay teams. It was also as team captain in 1961 that Flodin set a Beloit record of 20.9 in the 220, lowering by half a second the standard that stood nearly 60 years and coming at a time when the world mark was 20 seconds flat. Holder of the 440 record of 48.2, this speedster anchored the championship mile relay team in the 1960 conference meet, at which he was runnerup in the 440, and was the outstanding performer in the 1961 Beloit Relays. Flodin was anchorman for the 440, 880 and mile relay teams that established existing school records in 1961 and lead-off man for the sprint and distance medley quartets that set Beloit marks in 1959. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate who earned his J.D. Degree at the Duke University School of Law, he is assistant general counsel for Baxter Laboratories in Deerfield, Illinois.
“Mooney” Vondrashek established himself as one of Beloit’s greatest all-track during the highly successful Tommy Mills era. An aggressive forward who was selected all-conference twice and all-Western once, he paced the 1923 and 1924 basketball teams to state and Midwest championships en route to 13-2 and 14-0 records, respectively, and led the league in scoring both years, Vondrashek was at home at either end or halfback in helping the football team capture state and conference titles in 1935 and 1925, when it won 12 and tied one of its 16 games. An outfielder-first baseman, he topped the 1923 baseball team with a batting mark of .532. And as a trackman, he was a consistent high-point performer in the javelin, high hurdles and broad jump, earning an Illinois Athletic Club membership for his outstanding feats. In 1932, he drove in the extra-inning run that gave the Lake Mills (Wisconsin) team the national softball tournament championship in Milwaukee. A retired employee of the Trane Company, Vondrashek remains an avid bowler, boater, fisherman and gardener.