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October 1, 2011

Rose to induct five members into Hall

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman will induct five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame next Saturday at the Sports and Recreation Center.

Eric Gappa (1996), William Rumbley (1943), Woody Stroupe (1960), Andy Tochterman (2001) and A.J. Wilkerson (1997) will be added to the shrine in a 11:30 a.m. ceremony prior to the home football matchup with Franklin College at Cook Stadium.

Below is a capsule look at the inductees in Rose’s 2011 Hall of Fame Class:

Eric Gappa (mathematics, 1996) — Gappa set Rose-Hulman’s football career receiving with 22 touchdown catches at the time of his graduation. He ranks in the top five in school history with 113 receptions for 2,042 yards and set a then school record with 192 receiving yards against Hanover in 1993. The first-team all-conference honoree earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rose in 1996.

William Rumley (mechanical engineering, 1943) — “Big Bill” Rumbley was a three-year starter for Rose Polytechnic football teams that finished 17-4 during his playing career, including an 11-1 mark in 1941 and 1942. He earned three all-Little State honors at the tight end position and helped the 1942 team set a school record by scoring 48.7 points per game. Rumbley also set a school record in the high jump in track and field. He died in 2004 after a distinguished career that included service with General Electric, the family-owned Rumbley Trucking Co., and a distinguished career involving ranching and raising beef in his home state of California.

Woody Stroupe (chemical engineering, 1960) — Elwood “Woody” Stroupe earned the first Academic All-American in Rose Polytechnic and Rose-Hulman school history. He was a four-year letter winner and two-year captain for the football and basketball teams, serving as a wide receiver, outside linebacker and kicker for the 1958 undefeated football team. He has enjoyed a successful post-graduate career, highlighted by five years as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, significant work in civilian and government sectors of the nation’s nuclear engineering program, and major contributions to his current community in Las Vegas.

Andy Tochterman (chemical engineering, 2001) — Tochterman enjoyed one of the top duel-threat baseball careers in Rose-Hulman history. Tochterman batted .351 in his career with 28 doubles, 13 home runs and a school record 11 triples. During his senior year, Tochterman batted .438 with 60 hits, 13 doubles and six home runs to earn all-league and all-region honors. On the pitcher’s mound, Tochterman graduated as the No. 4 ranked pitcher in school history with 157 strikeouts. He has spent the past decade working with the Guidant Corporation (now Abbott Laboratories) in engineering, marketing and sales for several new products, including the first commercially approved drug-eluting stent (XIENCE).

A.J. Wilkerson (mechanical engineering, 1997) — A.J. ranks fifth in Rose-Hulman school history with 2,553 career rushing yards, highlighted by 914 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore in 1994. He earned first-team all-league honors in 1994 and 1995 as part of the top statistical rushing offense in school history. His efforts resulted in 3,472 all-purpose yards and seven rushing touchdowns in 1995. Today, Wilkerson serves as a part-owner of Validated Custom Solutions and Open Control Solutions, a company that provides HVAC products for offices in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Orlando and Tampa. An avid runner, Wilkerson has completed five marathons and several mini-marathons in multiple states.

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