University inducts five into Hall of Fame


A swimming pioneer, two-sport letter winner, basketball standout, tennis champion and a longtime coach and administrator were inducted into Baker University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park. The Hall of Famers were honored again at halftime of Baker’s homecoming football game on Oct. 3 at Liston Stadium.

Charlotte Lewis Piper, 1943
Charlotte Lewis Piper majored in physical education before beginning a career in education and coaching swimming at the University of New Mexico. She was also active in the AAU and associations for women’s athletics and swimming in New Mexico. Lewis Piper was author of the Official Swimming and Diving Rules for the National Association for Water Sports. Lewis Piper traveled internationally as a member of the U.S. swim team staff and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. (She was inducted posthumously).

Jerry Steele, 1953
Jerry Steele was a four-year letter winner in basketball and a three-year letter winner in football for the Wildcats. He served as a teacher and coach at schools in Valley Falls, Blue Rapids and Chanute before becoming superintendent of schools in Chanute and Pittsburg. In 1982, he was honored as the Outstanding Superintendent in Kansas by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

Clarence Hawk, 1963
A four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection in basketball, Clarence Hawk set a Baker school record with 28 rebounds in a game. After graduating from Baker in 1963, the Atchison native obtained a law degree from UMKC in 1969. He was a prosecuting attorney for Moniteau County, Mo., for six years and a municipal attorney in various cities.  Hawk died suddenly on Oct. 8.

David Johnson, 1985
David Johnson was a conference singles and doubles tennis champion from 1982 to 1985 for the Wildcats. He also was crowned District 10 singles champion in 1984-85 and District 10 doubles champion in 1982-85. The team captain in 1984-85, Johnson was an NAIA All-American in 1985 when he posted a 27-4 singles record and 27-3 doubles record. Johnson, who received a bachelor’s degree in administration, is executive vice president and a corporate officer of Anchor Packaging Inc. of St. Louis.

Dan Harris
Dan Harris retired at the end of the 2008-09 academic year after serving as a coach and administrator at Baker for 26 years. He was assistant football coach from 1983 to 1994 and head baseball coach from 1983 to 1995 before being named athletic director in 1995, a position he held for 14 years. His honors include conference baseball coach of the year in 1992 and 1993; HAAC Athletic Director of the Year in 2002; NAIA Region V Athletic Director of the Year in 2002; NAIA Co-National Athletic Director of the Year in 2002; and National Association of Collegiate Directors Central Division Athletic Director of the Year in 2003 and 2009. He was inducted in 2007 into the NAIA Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

Memorial Scholarship Created

The University was saddened by the sudden passing of Clarence Hawk, ’63, who died on Oct. 8, five days after being inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Longtime supporters of the University and the Wildcat athletic programs, the Hawk family generously created a memorial scholarship. Contributions can be sent to the Baker University Athletic Scholarship Fund, PO Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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One Response to “University inducts five into Hall of Fame”

  1. BOB JONES says:

    WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE RECORDS FOR THE GOLF TEAM FROM THE YEARS 56-59 THANKS A BUNCH B JONES 59