1996 Hall of Honor
Although he never played football at Columbus High School, Francis “Dutch” Fagan quickly made his mark on the Beloit College gridiron. A standout on the defensives line his freshman year, he starred at end as a sophomore and as tackle his last two years. During his senior year, Dutch was named honorable mention all-conference as the champion Gold recorded four shutouts. A four-year, three-sport athlete, Dutch was also leading rebounder in basketball, a standout in discus, shot and javelin for the track team, and was voted “outstanding senior athlete.” After entering the United States Marine Corps, he continued to show is athletic prowess when he won second place in discus throwing during the Allied Serviced Athletic Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1941, Dutch married Betty Buell of the Class of 1942. A highly decorated Marine captain, he game his life at Two Tima on February 27, 1945.
An outstanding scholar-athlete at Glenbard High School, Paul K. Giloth came to Beloit in 1938 to join Bud Butler’s football squad. As a defensive-offensive end, he was a member of the 1940 conference championship team. Twice named second-team all-conference and president of the “B” club, Paul was a nine-letter, three-numeral winner in football, basketball, and track. He made valuable contributions as guard on the basketball team and was elected co-captain by his peers his senior year. In track, Paul competed in discus, javelin, shot put and pole vault. He was the runner-up in pole vault at the ’42 Beloit Relays which Beloit won for the first time. Peers and faculty members consistently cited Paul’s perseverance and extraordinary sportsmanship and voted him “outstanding senior athlete.” Married to Frances Gramer of the Class of 1941 since 1943, Paul achieved great distinction during his service in the Army Signal Corps and then as an electronics engineer and inventor for Bell Laboratories.
It was his meteoric rise from water boy for Dolph Stanley’s Taylorville High School Illinois state basketball champion team to high-scoring guard on four Midwest Conference titlists at Beloit that earned Fran Stahr recognition from teammates and fans. He played high-school ball his senior year on the 1944 team that was the first to win the Illinois state championship with an undefeated record and is a member of the Taylorville Athletic Hall of Honor. He served in the army before rejoining Stanley at Beloit, where he was a starter his junior and senior years achieving 859 career points. His final game was a record breaker in Chicago Stadium versus DePaul University – Beloit won 94-60. Next came some semi-pro ball for the Beloit-Illini team and the Fond du Lac Rockets. An avid golfer in later years who attained a handicap of 7, Fran retired in 1990 after 35 years of operating a packaging distribution business. He died in December 1995 at the age of 68.