1998 Hall of Honor
A hometown football hero from South Beloit, Illinois, John Davis set a high school single-season rushing record in 1981 with 1,214 yards. His senior year in high school he led South Beloit to a conference title with an amazing 11.1 yards per rush. Choosing to stay near home for his college career, John was an All-Conference football back who set 13 Beloit College recors, including a single-season rushing mark of 1,065 yards and 208 carries and a single-game record of 223 yards and 20 carries as a senior. Named offensive rookie of the year in 1983, he was a four year starter and letterman for the Buccaneers. He led the team to an 8-2 record for a Midwest Conference North Division title as a sophomore in 1984. Named first team All-Conference all four years, his senior year brought an honorable mention berth on both AP Little All-American and Pizza Hut Division III All-American teams. Despite missing much of his juior year due to injury, Davis had a career total of 2,930 rushing yards on 623 attempts while scoring 21 touchdowns. For three seasons he was the team’s leading scorer and offensive player of the year. Awarded the Carl Nelson Team Player of the Year Award in 1985 and the Janssen Award in 1986, he was named MVP as a senior. Following graduation, John coached girls and boys basketball at Beloit Catholic High School while working for Warner Electric Brake. He recently volunteered his coaching skills to the football team at North Central College while working as a business systems consultant for Household International.
The first Beloit swimmer to win a “B” blanket, Douglas Morton came to college following an exceptional career at Waukegan High School where he was Illinois state champion in the 50, 100, and 220 yard freestyle events. He held five Waukegan records, three of which were established in one day and became state records. In three varsity seasons at Beloit, he was a five time individual-event Midwest Conference champ. As a sophomore, he set records in both the 40 and 100 yard freestyle events. His junior year, he won the 40 freestyle in a record time of 19.05 seconds. As a senior, he broke his own record in winning the 50 in 24.6 seconds and also set the mark by completing the 100 in 55 seconds. In the 1940 AALL meet in Minneapolis, he set records in the 50 and the 100. He led the team to its first conference swim title in 1941 and was anchor of the record-setting medley relay team. As a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he participated in intramural water polo and touch football on several championship teams. Following college, Morton spent 12 years in intensive medical school studies and training at Harvard, University of Chicago Hospitals and Memorial/Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which led to an impressive career as an oncology surgeon, certified in both general and thoracic/cardio-vascular surgery. For several years, he served as the team physician for football and basketball at Elgin High School. Morton has remained involved in athletics through golf, tennis, handball, swimming and sailing.