Hall of Fame welcomes six
WPI will induct six new members into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend in September, bringing the elite group to 83 members. The 1996 Hall of Famers are Maria E. Carvajal '88, Susan E. Chapman, David O. Durrenburger '88, Evan D. Elkington '89, William R. Nims '66 and Carl F. Simon Jr. '46.
Carvajal is, by all accounts, the best all-around volleyball player WPI has ever had. During her four years here she served the team as captain and led the university to an 86-45 record, including its best record (27-9) in her senior year. Although statistics were kept only during her junior and senior years, Carvajal still ranks in the Top 5 for career kill percentage and serving aces and is first in assist percentage. She was named to many All-Tournament teams and was an Academic All-American in the region.
Chapman, the winningest basketball and field hockey coach in WPI history, was the major player in developing women's athletics at the university after the implementation of Title IX legislation. During her tenure, from 1975 to 1987, she guided the field hockey and basketball teams to the AIAW and NCAA tournaments. In 1983-84 she led WPI to a 20-4 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA Eastern Regionals and was selected New England Coach of the Year by the New England Women's Basketball Association and the American Women's Sports Federation. Chapman is currently director of athletics at Worcester State College.
Durrenburger, a four-year letterwinner in track and field, still holds WPI's javelin record of 209'-3 1/4". The New England Division III javelin champion in his junior and senior years and a former regional record-holder, Durrenburger qualified twice for the Nationals and attained All-America honors his senior year.
Elkington was a standout wide receiver for the WPI football team whose name appears on virtually every list of leaders and record holders in the WPI record book. He holds school records for receiving yards in a game (234) and in a season (1,220), and for the longest reception (98 yards). He is second in career receiving yards with 1,986 and fourth in career receptions with 98. Elkington capped his career when he won the Gold Helmet as the 1988 season's New England Division II/III Player of the Year.
Nims held the men's record for career rebounds (749) until this past basketball season, an amazing accomplishment considering that he entered the record books 30 years ago. Last winter, Nims traveled from his home in Madison, Conn., to Harrington Auditorium to see Jim Naughton topple the record with his 750th career rebound. Along with the rebounds, Nims also scored 823 points against some of the best centers in all of New England.
Simon competed in baseball, basketball and football and earned nine letters. At a time when the country was at war and most colleges cut their athletic programs, Simon managed to participate in and excel at three sports at WPI. Captain of the baseball team and president of the Athletic Council, Simon, who competed alongside 1985 Hall of Famer Charles Schmit, was considered by his classmates to be a superior athlete.
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