Emory Report

August 9, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 37

Hall of Fame inductees found success in post-Emory lives

Eight individuals have been selected this year as the newest inductees into the Emory Sports Hall of Fame. This year's induction ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 23 as part of Alumni Weekend. For more information about attending the ceremony, call the alumni office at 404-727-6479.

The total number of inductees in the Sports Hall of Fame now stands at 114. This year's group, with school and year of graduation, are:

Rick Arwood (Emory College, 1991; Medicine, 1995): Arwood is the most decorated male swimmer in Emory history with eight All-America citations in his career (six individual events and two relays). He is the only swimmer to earn All-America honors all four seasons with the Eagles. At the NCAA Division III national championships his senior year, Arwood became the first swimmer in school history to capture All-America honors in four different events and led his team to a ninth-place finish. His accomplishments earned him the school's Jeff D. McCord Award for outstanding individual performance by an Emory male athlete. He currently holds the school records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, recording the 10 fastest times in school history in the latter event and four of the top 10 times in the former.

Ely Callaway (Emory College, 1940): Callaway is the founder of Callaway Golf, considered the world's largest manufacturer of golf equipment, with annual net earnings of approximately $650 million. His invention, the "Big Bertha" driver, is regarded as the most popular golf club on the major professional golf tours. Callaway's corporation donates a percentage of profits from the sale of its Bobby Jones commemorative golf club to the Bobby Jones Scholarship program, which provides students with a year of study in Scotland.

Mary Alice Clower: Clower was a member of the physical education department from 1958 to 1992. During her 34 years there, she served as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and department chairman. A strong advocate of women's athletics at Emory, Clower coached the school's first volleyball teams in the '60s and the women's tennis teams for nine years from the late '60s to the mid '70s. She ran the women's intramural program from 1957 to 1976.

Julia Emmons (GSAS, 1972; 1984): Emmons is the executive director of the Atlanta Track Club and meet director of the annual July 4, 10K Peachtree Road Race. She was elected to seven terms as chair of the women's long distance running committee by USA Track and Field, the sport's national governing body. Emmons was named deputy manager of competition by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and was responsible for the planning and preparation of the marathon and race-walk events.

David Short III (Emory College, 1970): Short was a three-sport letter winner at Emory, competing in soccer, track and field, and wrestling. As a soccer player he was the second leading scorer in the 1969 season. In track he competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the 400-meter run and relays. Short was also competitive on the intramural level in football, soccer, softball and wrestling. After graduation he was responsible in part for establishing the Sonny Carter Memorial Scholarship here and was the first recipient of the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997.

Robert Sanders (Business, 1951): The late Sanders was a three-sport letter winner at Emory competing in basketball, football, and track and field. He received All-Emory honors in basketball and football his sophomore and junior years. Nicknamed the "Buckhead Bulldozer" by his teammates, Sanders was the leading individual scorer on Emory's 1949 football team, scoring a team-leading six touchdowns. He was awarded the school's Russell and Ralph Bridges Award in 1950 as its outstanding all-around athlete and became the first Emory athlete to be initiated into Sigma Delta Psi, a national athletic fraternity. Sanders served as secretary, vice president and president as a member of the school's "E" Club.

Bobby Simons (Emory College, 1983): Simons was the first Emory tennis player selected to compete in the NCAA national tournament all four years (doubles from 1980-83, singles from 1981-83). He reached the round of 16 in the doubles championship in 1981 and 1983 and advanced to the round of 32 in the singles championship in 1981. Simons was named the team's Most Outstanding Player in 1981 and 1983. He received the Russell and Ralph Bridges Award his senior year. During Simons' career the Eagles were ranked among the Top 20 teams in the nation in the final poll every year, finishing as high as eighth in 1980.

John Venable (Emory College, 1929; Medicine, 1933): The late Venable was a two-sport letter winner at Emory, competing in basketball and football. He earned All-Emory honors in both sports as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He was a member of Emory's undefeated football team in 1928, playing both offense and defense. Venable devoted the rest of his life to public health in Georgia, serving as commissioner of health for Whitfield, Murray, Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties. In 1960 he was appointed director of the Georgia State Health Department by the governor, where he remained until his retirement in 1973.

--John Arenberg

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