April 02, 2008

Case Hall of Fame class of 2008 to be inducted April 25

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On Friday, April 25, the Case Reserve Athletic Club will induct nine new members into the Hall of Fame, joining the 302 members that have previously been inducted since 1975.

A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. The official program will follow. The cost of the event is $100.00 per ticket and it will be held in the Veale Center on Case Western Reserve University's University Circle campus.

"We are excited to recognize nine new former student-athletes for their extraordinary accomplishments and welcome back current hall of fame members and the campus community for a special night," said Case Reserve Athletic Club President Paul Stephan. "This year's class is very diverse and very deserving of the honor."

This year's Case Reserve Athletic Club Hall of Fame class includes: Robert Bauman (Case Tech, '62/Football); Susan Beatty Sawayda (Case Western Reserve University, '97/Swimming & Diving); Edward D. Familio (Adelbert College, '43/Football); Harry Figgie (Case Tech, '09/Baseball); Jay R. Gindin (Case Western Reserve University, '93/Swimming & Diving); Ed Hubach (Western Reserve, '70/Baseball 7 Football); Sandra P. Knott (Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, '62/Special Category); Alan Peterson (Case Institute of Technology, '54/Wrestling); and Eric Richardson (Case Western Reserve University, '75/Track & Field).

Inductees

Bob Bauman

Bob Bauman was a three-year letterman on the Case Institute of Technology football team and was an All-Presidents' Athletic Conference selection at receiver in 1961. Bauman graduated from Case Tech in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, before coming back to earn his M.B.A. in 1967. After college, Bauman coached numerous hockey teams for the Cleveland Heights Hockey League, including leading a 13 and 14-year-old team to the national championships and earning three state titles with his teams.

Bauman was elected to the League's Hall of Fame and has recently returned to coaching after a 20-year absence. A Cleveland native and graduate of St. Joseph High School (class of '58), Bauman is the President and CEO of Hickok Incorporated, where he has worked for 46 years. He has been married to his wife Sue for 46 years and has three sons and six grandchildren.

Susan Beatty Sawayda

A four-year letterwinner on the women's swimming and diving team, Susan Beatty Sawayda left the University having held a number of team records. Her records included marks in the 200, 500, 1,000, and 1,650-freestyle, the 200 and 400-individual medley, the 200-breaststroke, and the 200-backstroke. She was also a member of three record-setting relay teams. Sawayda earned All-America honors all four years in the 500-freestyle, 400-individual medley and 1,650-freestyle and was a two-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion in the 1,650-freestyle (1995, 1996). A team captain her final season, Sawayda earned All-NCAC honors three times in the 500 and 1,650-freestyle (1994, 1995, 1996) and twice in the 400-individual medley (1994, 1996).

She earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Case in 1997. After graduation, she worked as a research engineer at Aristech Chemical Corporation for two years before working as a senior product development engineer with Washington Penn Plastic Company. She currently resides in Robinson Township, Penn. with her husband and family where she is raising her 21-month old daughter and newborn son.

Edward D. Familo

The late Edward D. Familo left a lasting impression on the gridiron for the Western Reserve University football team in the early 1940s. A three-year letterman ('40, '41, '42) and team captain in '42, Familo was the starting center for Western Reserve in the team's 26-13 victory over Arizona State University in the Sun Bowl. In 1943, Familo would receive the Warrior's Trophy and after graduation, the senior would join the military and enter World War II. Before his death, Familo was one of the few survivors of the battle of Iwo Jima, where he served as an intelligence officer with the United States Marine Corps.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Familo was the student body President in 1943, President of the Western Reserve University R Club, and President of the Adelbert College Alumni Association. After he returned from WWII, he attended law school at Western Reserve. During that same time, he was an assistant coach at Hiram College under the legendary Paul Brown, who became a lifelong friend. After receiving his law degree in 1948, Familo joined the law firm of Grossman, Schlesinger & Carter, which eventually became Cavitch, Familo, Durkin & Frutkin. At various times during his nearly 60-year career at the firm, he served as its managing partner and was on its Board of Directors. In 1968, he became the President of the American Lawyers Company and publisher of The American Lawyers Quarterly.

For more than 60-years, Familo was a member of the Cleveland Yacht Club and served as Commodore of the CYC in 1964. He was also an avid golfer and long-time member of Westwood Country Club. Familo passed away after a brief illness on November 22, 2006 at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by only a few months by his beloved wife of 63 years, Gloria J. (nee Blessing).

Harry E. Figgie

Baseball at Case Institute of Technology in the early 1900s was not just a sport, but an event everyone in the Case community looked forward to every spring. From 1906-09, the Case Tech Rough Riders captured three Big Nine titles, the equivalent to a state championship in Ohio. The team regularly defeated tough competition such as the College of Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the Buckeyes from Ohio State University. Harry Figgie was a four-year starter at third base for Case Tech during this time period, and his "tough as nails" defense and consistent hitting paved the way for many victories for the Rough Riders. Figgie had three career hits against Ohio State, including a key base-hit and a run scored that sparked an 8-2 victory for Case Tech on May 10, 1907, in the midst of its 11-3 season.

During his career, Figgie and Case Tech claimed two wins over Ohio State. Despite being hampered by a foot injury his senior year, Figgie batted leadoff and was considered the best "third-sacker" in the conference. He embodied a school spirit that the entire student body admired. Not only was Harry Figgie a great baseball player, he was a great teammate, student, and leader both on and off the field.

Jay Gindin

A four-year letterman and three-time NCAA All-American ('90, '92, '93) on the men's swim team, Jay Gindin left University Circle with a plethora of school records and team and individual accolades. During the 1989-90 season, Gindin earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 200-yard butterfly, while also swimming on the Spartan medley relay team at the Division III National Championships. Gindin competed in four NCAA Division III Championship meets during his career at Case, winning the 200-yard fly championship in 1992 and placing second in the 100-yard fly. A year later, he would place second in the 200-yard fly. In 1992, he was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year, while twice being named a CoSIDA 1st Team Academic All-American ('92, '93).

A member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, Gindin graduated from the University in 1993 with a bachelor's and master's degree in computer engineering. Immediately after graduation, Gindin moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where he worked as a software engineer at Hewlett Packard. In 1994, he moved to the northwest where he has worked as a software engineer. He resides in Seattle, Wash. with his wife, Robin, and three children, Aiden, Eli, and Nora. He currently works as a software architect at Apptio.

Ed Hubach

A two-sport athlete at the Western Reserve University, Ed Hubach created a lasting legacy on the football field and between the lines on the baseball diamond. A centerfielder and four-year letterman on the baseball team, Hubach led the Red Cats to a Presidents' Athletic Conference co-championship in 1967 and the outright title a year later. A team captain, Hubach earned All-PAC honors three times during his career. On the gridiron, Hubach was a three-year letterman for the Red Cats at safety, and served as the team's kick and punt return-specialist and team captain. He earned All-PAC honors in football and earned the Sam Williamson Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding scholar-athlete.

Hubach was President of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity during his time at Western Reserve before leaving for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine after graduation. After graduating from PCOM, Hubach went into private family practice for 33 years in Dayton. He is currently president and CEO of the Providence Medical Group in Dayton and resides in Centerville.

Sandra Knott

Sandra P. Knott's lifetime accomplishments both as a student and as an athlete, put her in elite company. A track and field athlete and a 1962 graduate from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Knott's abilities as a runner earned her impressive accolades after graduating. In 1963 and '64, Knott captured three titles at the United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including the 880-yard run ('63-'64) and the 800-meter run ('64). In 1964, Knott traveled to Tokyo, Japan for the XVIII Olympic Games to compete in the 800-meter run - an event in which she held a United States Indoor Track and Field world record. A year later, Knott would capture the title at the United States Cross Country Championships.

As a student, Knott received her first master's in nursing from the University of Washington, before earning a second master's in nursing as a nurse practitioner from Gonzaga University. Before retiring in 2004, Knott worked in public health, as a visiting nurse, clinic nurse, nurse practitioner and as a certified diabetes educator. She currently volunteers at the Washington Department of Health, trying to reduce the rising increase of diabetes and the disabilities it causes. After 30 years of competitive racing, Knott still finds time to run or walk regularly with her dog.

Alan Peterson

A three-year letterman ('52, '53, '54) for the Case Institute of Technology wrestling team, Alan Peterson left University Circle as one of the most successful wrestlers in school history. Peterson wrestled for three years at CIT. During his era, freshmen were not allowed to compete in varsity athletics. The Rough Riders claimed three victories over the ever-strong Kent State University, while also beating teams such as Bowling Green State University, Western Reserve University and Ohio University, during Peterson's career. Peterson earned the Van Horn scholarship, awarded after coach Claude B. Sharer recruited him to come to Case from John Marshall High School.

Peterson made three trips to the state tournament while at John Marshall. He claimed first place in 1949 and '50, and finished third in '48. In the summer of 1951, Peterson's second-place finish at the AAU National Championships at Iowa State University allowed him to wrestle for an AAU sponsored Goodwill team that traveled to Japan. Peterson then toured the country providing international competition to potential Olympic Japanese wrestlers. While at CIT, Peterson was a member of the C Club and an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduation, Peterson joined the Army and served 18 months before eventually working for General Tire & Rubber, where he spent 35 years. Peterson currently resides in Tallmadge with his wife Audrey, and the two spend the winter months in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson was an outstanding athlete on the Case track and field team from 1972-1975. A four-year letterman for the Spartans, Richardson competed in the 100 and 200-yard dash, 4x440-relay, long jump, high jump and triple jump. He was the team's Most Valuable Performer all four years and was named MVP of the Presidents' Athletic Conference his sophomore, junior and senior years. An All-American in the 100-yard dash, Richardson led the Spartans to four PAC titles during his career. Throughout his career, the Spartans remained undefeated in every dual, tri, or quad meet and all four PAC Championship meets.

Richardson averaged 22.5 points per-meet - the highest average in school history. As a student, Richardson tutored accounting, statistics, economics and mathematics students and was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity. Richardson earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1975. After a career with IBM and Digital, Eric became the founder and CEO of Growth Development Associates, Inc. and resides in Naples, Fla. He is an international keynote speaker and has provided sales and management training in 30 countries for companies such as IBM, Siemens and Microsoft.

For more information contact Creg Jantz, 216.368.6517.

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