1987 Hall of Honor
After winning Illinois all-state honors as a prep, Bill Chadwick enjoyed a brilliant football career during three varsity seasons and from his position as center called plays both defensive and offensively. A defensive stalwart known as a exceptional play analyst, he was instrumental in helping Beloit win its first Midwest Conference championship in 1940 and co-captained the team as a senior. His outstanding play earned him second-team all-conference selection as a sophomore and first-team all conference selection the next two years. In 1942, Chadwick received more than one million votes to become the only Beloit player – and the first in the conference – named to the Chicago Tribune’s College All-Star team, which met the Chicago Bears; that year he also turned down a professional contract from the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League to enter the naval reserve. As a Phi Beta Kappa campus leader, he won honorable mention on the all-time national Phi Kappa Psi fraternity team named in 1982. President of the Phosphate Rock Export Association for a decade before his retirement in 1982, Chadwick resides in Tampa and serves as a president of the Florida Senior Golf Association.
Wayne “Murph” Gilmore was a talented tennis player and track-man, but it was on the basketball court that he made his mark at Beloit College. A key man in the high-scoring machine coached by Dolph Stanley, also a Hall of Honor member, he was known as a strong rebounder and hard-driving forward who possessed a deadly jump short. Gilmore tallied 891 points in four varsity seasons, including 312 as a junior and 417 as a Senior, and was the team rebound leader on three occasions. He captained the 1954-55 Buccaneers who established a single-season school record of 21 consecutive victories and who reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA tournament in Kansas City before having the streak snapped. During his career, Beloit won 73 games while losing only 15. The Bucs were 22-4 in his senior year, when he scored a personal high of 31 points in a 71-69 victory over West Texas State, which went on to the Border Conference title and a berth in the NCAA finals. Gilmore graduated from the University Of Illinois School Of Dentistry in 1959 and served two years as an Air Force captain before establishing the dental practice he continues to operate in Janesville and which he recently extended to serve General Motors employees relocated in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Bob Kemp was one of the most versatile athletes to attend Beloit College. A fine basketball and football player, he especially excelled in track, being regarded as an “iron man” while winning four letters and becoming the first Buccaneer to compete in the grueling decathlon. Appearing twice in decathlons and the prestigious Kansas Relays, he finished in third place as a junior and second as a senior to earn recognition as one of the nation’s top track-and-field competitors. After starring for Army basketball and track teams during 1956-58, Kemp made Illinois prep coaching-teaching stops in Batavia, Wenona, and Kankakee before guiding the Rockford Guilford cagers to a 185-120 record, three regional crowns, and three Big Nine Conference titles in 12 seasons. He resigned in 1980 to devote more time to a growing cattle operation on his 430-acre farm fear Poplar Grove, but recently began participating in master’s track-and-field competition, winning four events and placing in two others in the Illinois Grand Prize series, capturing the pentathlon at the Lincoln (Neb.) regionals, and taking fourth in the pole vault and shot in the nation master’s indoor championships. In 1985, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Arriving at Beloit with impressive credentials as a Wisconsin high school basketball star and county tennis champion, “Les” Kulpic became one of the College’s most outstanding athletes. He earned nine varsity letters – three each in basketball, tennis, and football. On the hard-court, he was the team’s leading scorer, co-captain, and all-Midwest Conference selection; on the tennis court, he captained the squad and won the conference single’s title; on the gridiron, he was a dependable end. Kulpic’s involvement in athletics continued beyond graduation. He briefly coached basketball and football at St. Norbert College before entering the sporting goods business and playing as a professional with the Sheboygan Redskins of the National Basketball League. He later assisted in coaching local football teams, officiated high school and college basketball and football games throughout the Midwest, and captured the Sheboygan County men’s tennis singles crown while also competing in doubles. In 1943, he joined the Kohler Company as a milling machine operator; 19 years later Kulpic became the firm’s first president not bearing the family name since its founding in 1973. He died at age 56 in 1968, when he also was serving as a Beloit Alumni Trustee.