Athletic Banquet honoring Hall of Fame inductees set for Oct. 22

Six former Wildcat standouts — Bob Courtney, ’57; Bill White, ’59; Fred Purvis, ’70, Brad Roepke, ’83; Terry Roepke, ’85; and Jessica Walters Ohlde, ’01 — will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 22, with a celebration at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, Kan. All Baker alumni are welcome to attend the ceremony.

The event, highlighted by a video honoring 120 years of Baker football, will begin with a social at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. RSVP to Kathy McCrary at or 800.726.1554.

Established in 1977, the Hall of Fame is in the rotunda on the west edge of the Collins Center. The addition of the Class of 2010 will increase the total number of inductees to 118.

Here is a look at the newest Hall of Fame Class:

Bob Courtney, 1957

Bob Courtney was a four-year letter winner in basketball and track. He ran the high and low hurdles and was the conference champion in the high jump as a senior. Courtney spent most of his career teaching math at Baker University, serving several years as the University’s athletic representative.

Bill White, 1959

Bill White came from a successful junior college career at Chanute and lettered for two years in football, basketball and track at Baker. In football, White played quarterback and led the Wildcats to the 1958 conference championship. He was named to the All-Methodist All-American first team. He spent much of his career in coaching and school administration.

Fred Purvis, 1970

Fred Purvis was a four-year letter winner in football and baseball. He started on defense at safety in football. He had a career .400-plus batting average and was a four-time all-conference selection and all-district 10 and NAIA All-American his junior and senior years. He enjoyed a long career in amateur softball, where he played on numerous local championship teams, participated in national tournaments and was a member of a national championship coed team. He worked as an assistant for home football games in the press box for more than 20 years at Baker.

Brad Roepke, 1983, and Terry Roepke, 1985

Brad and Terry Roepke, brothers from Waterville, Kan., transferred to Baker after successful football careers at junior colleges. Brad was a standout at Highland and Terry at Coffeyville. At Baker they anchored a stingy defense for Coach Charlie Richard. The Roepkes enjoyed numerous conference, district and national honors as Wildcat players.

Jessica Walters Ohlde, 2001

Jessica Walters Ohlde is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in University history. A leader in several statistical categories, Ohlde was an NAIA All-American in volleyball and lettered in track.

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