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JArnoldJohn W. Arnold

Graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan., where he played on the school’s state championship basketball team in 1939.

Lettered in basketball at Baker all four years and was selected to the all-conference squad in 1941, 1942 and 1943. During the 1941 season he was a member of the Wildcats NAIA national basketball tournament team. His senior campaign concluded with him leading both teams and the conference in scoring.

In addition to basketball, “Big John” participated in tennis and a wide range of campus activities. He was a member of Zeta Chi, editor of the Baker Orange, member of the B club and president of the senior class. He was elected to the 1943 edition of “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.”

He served for nine years as the administrative assistant to the NAIA basketball tournament’s executive director, Coach Emil Liston of Baker and following his death, Coach All Deur of Pepperdine.

After graduation he served as a Navy lieutenant in World War II and later received a law degree from the University of Missouri in 1952.

A sales and marketing career that began during law school days took him to increasing management levels with several different companies and in several different states.

He was elected to the Baker University Board of Trustees in 1970 and served two years as its chair during his six years of service.

In 1981 he became general manager of Hibbert Pro Sports Marketing and served as the primary public relations contact with the National Football League. Over the years he developed marketing relationships with several additional National Football League entities, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Thoroughbred Racing Association, and numerous other professional sports organizations.

He is married to Vera Rose. Together they have four children. He resides in Tryon, N.C.

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Nomination Procedures

Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

Nominating Categories

- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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