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Monday, 26 August 2013 17:10

Baker Announces Newest HOF Class

From left to right: Johnie Seals Jr. ’80, Jerry Jones, ’64, Bob Peters, ’70, Meghan Lewis Houtsma ’02, Jim Dick, ’63 will all be inducted into the Baker Hall of Fame on Oct. 4 From left to right: Johnie Seals Jr. ’80, Jerry Jones, ’64, Bob Peters, ’70, Meghan Lewis Houtsma ’02, Jim Dick, ’63 will all be inducted into the Baker Hall of Fame on Oct. 4

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Five former Baker University standouts will be inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City-Overland Park hotel.

The new inductees will be Jim Dick, '63; Jerry Jones, '64; Bob Peters, '70; Johnie Seals Jr. '80 and Meghan Lewis Houtsma '02.

For the third consecutive year at the event, Baker will recognize current NAIA All-Americans, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, Capital One Academic All-Americans and Heart of America Athletic Conference First Team performers.

Here's a look at the Hall of Fame class for 2013:

Jim Dick, '63
Jim Dick was a two-time conference champion in the long jump and set a school record in that event. His best jump of 23 feet, 5.5 inches ranks fourth in Baker history and that mark ranked 11th nationally in the NAIA in 1963. After graduating, he became an admissions director with two colleges in Colorado and Tennessee before co-founding and becoming CEO of Career Communications Inc. of Overland Park, Kan. Jim Graduated from Oakley (Kan.) High School, where he earned letters in football, basketball and track.

Jerry Jones '64
Jerry Jones coached men's basketball for 17 years at Kansas Wesleyan and five years at Indiana University-South Bend, setting school records for victories at both schools. He finished with 224 victories at Kansas Wesleyan, where he won conference championships in 1986 and 2000 and was recognized as conference coach of the year both years. At South Bend, he recorded 100 victories. In 2007 he was inducted into Baker's School of Education Wall of Honor for his achievements in education.

Bob Peters, '70
Bob Peters was a four-year letter winner in track, competing in the shot put, discus and high jump, and lettered one year in football. From 1997 to 2011 he excelled as a shot putter in senior competition, becoming an 11-time USA Track & Field All-American. He won 46 state shot put championships, broke 35 five state and local meet records and one national meet record. In 2002, 2004 and 2008 he was ranked fifth in the United States and in 2008 he was No. 8 in the world. He established a veterinary practice in the Kansas City area, where he has worked for 35 years.

Johnie C. Seals, Jr. '80
Johnie was a four-year letterman in basketball and finished with 1,307 career points, a school record at the time. He set school records with 153 free throws in one season and an 84.1 percentage for free throws made. He finished his career with a free-throw percentage of 81.1 percent to set a school record. During his senior year, Seals led the team in rebounding and in blocked shots to earn first-team all-conference honors. Professionally he has worked in accounting and information technology. He has spent the past 15 years working as an IT specialist for the Williams Companies and at IBM. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., before his collegiate career at Baker.

Meghan Lewis Houtsma, '02
Meghan Lewis Houtsma was Baker's top golfer for four years and served as the team captain from 2000 to 2002. She placed first or second in more than 20 tournaments, including three conference and regional titles. Houtsma qualified for four NAIA national tournaments, placing as high as second while earning three All-America honors. After graduating from Baker she earned a law degree from the Washburn University School of Law. She is a staff attorney for Syracuse (Kan.) Dairy LLC.

The DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 10100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kan., 66210. The cost for guests that would like to attend the event will be $40 per person.

Kathy McCrary, Advancement Office Coordinator, can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (785) 594-4555 regarding tickets for the event. Please send your RSVP to Kathy by Monday, September 23rd.

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