Five for All Time
Hall of Fame Inducts Five
WPI's Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2002 at a special dinner in the Campus Center on the Friday of Homecoming weekend. The new inductees were, from left, the late Albert G. Bellos '42 (football, basketball, baseball), represented by his son, Al Bellos; Kevin M. Doherty '79 (basketball); brothers Brian W. Chu '92 and George E. Chu '95 (wrestling); and Kimberly A. Landry '97 (basketball).
Albert G. Bellos '41
As the Hall of Fame selection committee revised its roster of candidates, the name Albert Bellos stood out. "One thing is clear," said one committee member, "wherever I go, the name Al Bellos comes up as one of WPI's all-time best athletes."
"Al Bellos should be highly considered," said another. "He was very highly thought of within his era."
And what an era it was. The storied WPI football team of 1938 was undefeated. As a sophomore, Al played end on that team (he would later play fullback and quarterback). The 1938-39 basketball team was one of WPI's all-time best, and Al was an integral part of that squad. They played some of the iron in New England--Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University and the University of Connecticut. And they beat them all.
Al Bellos scored 508 points in his WPI basketball career. That wouldn't be considered a high total these days, but points were hard to come by then. Time after time, Al led WPI in scoring, especially in key games.
He is credited with being the first on the East Coast to employ a move developed on the West Coast a year or so before. It was called the jump shot. And thanks to Al's atheticism, the jump shot gained in popularity on the Atlantic shore.
A Worcester native and a graduate of Classical High School, Al was a natural leader. He co-captained the 1939-40 and the 1940-41 WPI basketball teams. He was said to be another coach on the floor.
He won letters four years in basketball, three years in football, and one year in baseball. He was also a member of Skull.
"Al would have been thrilled with this honor," says his wife, Anne. "In fact, I think it would have been the highlight of his life. He talked about his four years at
Tech quite a bit, and often mentioned how they were such happy days for him. I'm sure he's wearing a broad smile right about now."
It is a privilege to induct Albert Bellos, posthumously, into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.
Brian W. Chu '92
Brian Chu had a tremendous career under head coach Phil Grebinar. "Brian was an extremely hard worker--during matches and within the practice room--on a daily basis," says Grebinar. "He was always striving for perfection and technique. During competition, he was a hard-nosed wrestler who wasn't afraid to dish out punishment."
Brian finished his career as a one-time All-American and a three-time place-winner at the New Englands. He placed fourth in the nation at the 142-pound weight class as a senior in 1992. In WPI's long distinguished wrestling history, there are only eight All-Americans--Brian and his brother George are one-fourth of that roster.
At the New Englands, Brian placed fifth at 134 pounds in 1990 at Plymouth State, third at 142 pounds in 1991 at Wesleyan, and first at 142 pounds in 1992 at Roger Williams. Brian's career dual-meet record was 30-11-2 for an outstanding .721 winning percentage. That included seven pins and a total of 136 career team points. His best dual-meet individual records were 11-2 as a junior and 11-3 as a senior.
Brian Chu has lived an exemplary life, no doubt greatly influenced by his parents, who followed their sons' progress religiously throughout their spectacular wrestling careers. After graduating from WPI, Brian earned an MBA at MIT. He and his wife and two children live in Newton, Mass. Brian is also a talented singer; for the past several years he has appeared in groups and as a soloist at several Boston establishments.
For his aggressiveness, for his attention to detail on the mats and in the classroom, and for his outstanding athletic career, it is a great privilege to welcome Brian Chu into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.
George E. Chu '95
George Chu, like his brother Brian before him, had a truly magnificent career with head coach Phil Grebinar. "There were very few times in George's career when I sent him out onto the mat that I had to worry about whether he was going to win or lose." says Grebinar.
George is one of only two wrestlers in WPI history named All-American more than once--he placed eighth nationally in 1994 and third in 1995. He was also a four-time place-winner at the New Englands--as a 126-pounder. At the New Englands, he placed third in 1992 at Roger Williams, second in 1993 at Williams, first in 1994 at Trinity, and first in 1995 at Roger Williams.
In WPI wrestling annals, George's career dual-meet record is 49-7, for a glossy .875 winning percentage--eighth best. His 226 career team points are tied for ninth. His 53 takedowns as a sophomore are eighth best at WPI, and his 49 wins are tied for fourth.
He was a co-captain who led by deeds as well as words. He was taught well by his parents, both loyal WPI wrestling supporters. George is now pursuing an MBA at MIT. He and his wife and son live in Cambridge.
For his perseverance, for his leadership, and for his tremendous athletic career, it is an honor to induct George Chu into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kevin M. Doherty '79
Let's get right to the "point."
Has there ever been a better point guard in WPI basketball history than Kevin Doherty? A lawyer would revel in this open-and-shut case.
"I know it's a cliche," says his coach, Ken Kaufman, "but Kevin had eyes in the back of his head--I swear he did. He had an instinct for this game that a coach simply cannot teach. He was a great passer in Division III. He was a great passer in any division!"
His trademark was a no-look bullet pass from the top of the key to a wide-open teammate underneath the basket. One can still hear the announcer... "Nestor from Doherty." "Kelleher from Doherty." "Broderson from Doherty." "Wheeler from Doherty."
Kevin's 200 assists as a senior in 1978-79 still stands as a single-season record. No player has recorded 100 assists in a season since 1988-89. His 187 assists as a junior and his 180 assists as a sophomore are still the second and third best single-season totals in WPI history.
Other standing records include Kevin's 9.5 assists per game in a single-season (1978-79); 567 career assists (overall); 9 assists per game (career); and 18 assists versus Middlebury in 1976-77 (single game). In 63 career games, this 5'10" guard started 62 times, and led WPI in assists 61 times. He produced assists in double figures a remarkable 26 times.
In his senior year, WPI finished 12-9. This may not sound extraordinary, but it was WPI's first winning season in eight years. That season foreshadowed the greatest 16-year run in WPI basketball annals, all under Ken Kaufman.
As a senior, Kevin averaged 11.3 points, 3 rebounds and 9.5 assists, and shot .479 from the field. As a junior, he averaged 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 8.9 assists. As a sophomore, he averaged 9.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists. His percentage of "points responsible for" is simply the best ever at WPI.
A gentleman on and off the court, Kevin co-captained the team his junior and senior seasons. He was named NABC All-New England Third Team as a junior and First Team as a senior. Today, Kevin is a residential builder, living in his native New Hampshire with his wife and three children.
It is with great honor that WPI inducts Kevin Doherty into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kimberly A. Landry '97
Quick... name the most prolific single-game scorer in WPI basketball history. Rick Wheeler, you say? Chris Dunn? Greg Fiddes? Orville Bailey? Wrong! Wrong gender, in fact. The answer is Kim Landry.
On February 8, 1997, in a game with MIT, Kim scored an incredible 46 points--still the all-time single-game total for any player in WPI basketball history--male or female.
"I still recall that game," says her coach, Christa Champion. "It was as if the basket had radar. Kim was on fire."
But Kim Landry is not being inducted tonight for that game alone. She remains the second-leading scorer in WPI women's basketball history, with 1,585 points. She is the sixth-leading rebounder with 857. As a senior, she averaged 19.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game--a double-double for an entire season. Her 19.8 points-per-game average ranked 21st in the nation.
During her tremendous senior year, Kim Landry was named her team's MVP. She won the Varsity Club Award for women, WPI's highest athletic honor; she received a WBCA Kodak All-America honorable mention; and she was a two-time ECAC New England Player of the Week. Overall, she was a two-time All-New 8 selection.
It was as a junior that Kim made a name for herself. She was named All-New England that season, and the team finished with a WPI all-time best, 23-6, reaching the second round of the NCAA playoffs. No WPI women's basketball team has gone that far, before or since.
Today Kim teaches physics at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, coaches varsity basketball at St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg, and is taking courses toward a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
For her truly outstanding numbers, and for her dedication both on and off the court, it is with great pride that WPI inducts Kim Landry into its Athletic Hall of Fame.firstname.lastname@example.org
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