Dr. Karl Spear
Son of longtime Baker coach Karl Spear who was inducted in the initial class of Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame inductees in 1977. Thus becomes the first father/son inductees in University history.
As a young boy, served as a ball boy for several teams coached by his father. Later graduated as the salutatorian of the Baldwin High School class of 1957 where he began his athletic career in earnest.
As a Wildcat, lettered four years each in football and golf. Known as a leader throughout his career, served as senior co-captain of the team, which went 8-1 with a 27-8-1 combined career record. Designated to the all-conference squad after sophomore and junior seasons and the first-team all-conference and all-Methodist All-American squad his senior year. As a junior, received designation as a second-team member of the All-American Academic Team and was elevated to first-team status his senior year.
On campus, was active in a wide range of activities including: member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, serving as vice president as a junior and pledge trainer as a senior; as a member of the German Club, serving as president as a junior, member of the B-Club, serving both vice president and president, won the Garrett Mathematics Scholarship; won the Freshman Chemistry Award; and upon graduation was initiated into Alpha Delta Sigma, a national honorary academic fraternity.
Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, he completed graduate research at the University of Munster, Germany, and later earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1967.
Following three years at the Oak Ridge National Research Laboratory, joined Penn State University in 1970 where he currently serves as professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as Associate Head of the Intercollege Graduate Program in Materials and as the Coordinator of Graduate programs in the Department of Materials and Engineering.
Has won numerous honors and awards in his field, is a member of several professional associations, has authored or co-authored over 175 publications and three patents, and has given more than 265 presentations around the world. Current research emphasis is on the safe storage of radioactive waste materials.
Married to his college sweetheart, Nancy Boudrot, ’62. Together they have three children: Kalie, Sally and Karl III (Charlie).