2007 Hall Of Fame

July 19, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nine former student-athletes, representing seven different decades of Purdue athletics excellence, will be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

The nine new members will be ...

* Don Albert, a golfer in the 1950's;

* Darrel "Pete" Brewster, a football-basketball player in the 1940's and `50's;

* Ray Eddy, a basketball player in the 1920's and `30's, coach in the `40's, `50's and `60's and administrator into the `70's;

* Ukari Figgs, a basketball player in the 1990's;

* Billy Keller, a basketball player in the 1960's;

* Bob Kessler, a basketball player in the 1930's;

* Ed Langford, a track and field performer in the 1970's and `80's;

* Felix Mackiewicz, a baseball-football player in the 1930's and `40's;

and * Ned Maloney, a football player in the 1940's, coach in the `50's, `60's and `70's, and athletics department staff member in the `70's and `80's.

This group will join 90 former athletes, coaches and administrators previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1994.

The latest honorees will be recognized during the Hall of Fame induction dinner in the Shively Club in Ross-Ade Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $70 each, will be available at the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office, 1000 N. University Street, starting in early September. On-field recognition will take place as part of the halftime show during the Purdue-Iowa football game on Oct. 20.

Six of the nine inductees are expected to attend. Eddy, Kessler and Mackiewicz are deceased and will be represented by family members.

The inductees were chosen earlier this year by a select committee of past athletes, Hall of Fame members and current university administrators. Biographical sketches on the nine honorees follow.

Don Albert

Don Albert - Came to Purdue from Alliance, Ohio, and became a four-time letterwinner (1952-55) in golf, serving as captain of the 1955 undefeated squad ... led teams to a 58-13-1 record in duals and a 36-4 record in invitationals during his career ... helped the Boilermakers post a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1952 ... won the 1953 individual Big Ten Championship as Purdue won the Big Ten team title in 1953 and 1955 ... won the NCAA individual Championship in 1954 and soon after became only the second Purdue golfer to receive All-America accolades ... as a sophomore, defeated Arnold Palmer in the semifinals of the USGA-AM and went on to play in the 1953 U.S. Open ... in the military, garnered All-Marine Tournament and All-Service Branches Tournament titles in 1956 ... was inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame following a career that saw many PGA Tour appearances, 15 club championships, and countless district and state tournament titles ... retired from the medical sales industry and along with his wife, Ann (deceased), he had son, Michael, and daughter, Lynn ... currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Darrel Brewster

Darrel "Pete" Brewster - Came to Purdue from Portland, Ind., and became a five-time letterwinner in football (1949-51) and basketball (1950-52) ... accumulated 26 catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns during his career ... was named team MVP in 1951 after a season with 16 catches for 208 yards and two touchdown receptions ... averaged 6.0 points per game in his career as a forward/center for the basketball team ... went on to play nine years in the NFL - seven with the Cleveland Browns (1952-58) and two with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1959-60) ... led the Browns in receptions and yards in 1955 (34/622), 1956 (28/417) and 1957 (30/614) ... was named to the Pro Bowl following the 1955 and 1956 seasons and finished his NFL career with 210 receptions for 3,758 yards and 21 touchdowns ... was an NFL assistant coach for 12 years - three with the Minnesota Vikings ýý(1961-63) and nine with the Kansas City Chiefs (1964-72) ... won two World Championships with the Cleveland Browns in 1954 and 1955 as a player and won Super Bowl IV as an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970 ... currently resides in Peculiar, Mo., with wife, Vivian, after raising five children: Debbie, Christine, Darlene, Darrel and Janelle.

Ray Eddy

Ray Eddy - Came to Purdue from Columbus, Ind., and became a three-time letterwinner in basketball (1930-32, 1933-34) ... won two undisputed Big Ten crowns as a three-year starter and averaged 6.1 points per game ýover his career ... in 1932 was the second leading scorer on the National Collegiate championship team and was captain and an All-Big Ten forward for the 1934 conference championship team ... after leaving Purdue, had a highly successful prep coaching career that was capped off by winning the 1950 IHSAA basketball state title at Madison High School ... returned to Purdue to coach men's basketball from 1950 to 1965, where his teams won 52 percent of their games ... coached six All-Americans, including fellow Purdue Hall of Famers Terry Dischinger (1960-62) and Dave Schellhase (1965) ... left the coaching ranks in 1965 to become Red Mackey's administrative assistant and was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1972 ... was named associate athletic director in 1974 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1978 ... was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972 ... honored by the A.G. Spaulding Company as the coach who originated the orange basketball that is used today ... along with wife, Dorothy, he had three children: John, Mary and Sarah ... being honored posthumously.

Ukari Figgs

Ukari Figgs - Came to Purdue from Georgetown, Ky., and became a four-time letterwinner (1995-99) in basketball ... was a three-year starter and reached the elite level of the 1,000-point club ... made the third-most three-point field goals (69) during a single season in 1998-99 and is currently third all-time in career three-point field goals made (174) ... currently holds the record for best free throw percentage in a game, making 15 of 15 in an NCAA Tournament win over Washington in 1998, and is second all-time in career free throw percentage (84.1) ... was a member of the 1999 NCAA National Championship team and was named most valuable player of the 1999 Women's Final Four ... earned All-Big Ten honors in 1998 (second team) and 1999 (first team) ... won the Mackey Award in 1999, given to the Purdue student-athletes who exemplify the overall success of the university's intercollegiate athletics programs ... averaged 11.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game over her career ... was selected to the USA Basketball team in 1998 and continued her success in the WNBA for five seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks (1999-2001), Portland Fire (2002) and Houston Comets (2003) ... was the starting point guard on the Los Angeles Sparks team that won the 2001 WNBA Championship ... was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 ... completed a championship trifecta during her career, winning a high school state championship, NCAA championship and WNBA championship ... currently resides in her hometown of Georgetown, Ky., and works as a production engineering specialist for Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

Billy Keller

Billy Keller - Came to Purdue from Indianapolis, Ind., and played basketball for head coach and fellow Purdue Hall of Famer George King ... Became a three-year letterwinner (1966-69) and three-year starter for the Boilermakers ... Ranks second in single season free throw percentage (89.8 percent in 1968-69) and third in career free throw percentage (85.9) ... Member of elite 1,000-point scoring club and ranks 12th in career assists (259) ... Played point guard on 1968-69 Boilermaker squad that won the Big Ten championship and reached the NCAA Championship game ... First recipient of the James Naismith Award, given to the nation's best collegian under 6-feet tall.... Averaged 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for his career ... Played professionally with the Indiana Pacers, helping the franchise win three ABA (American Basketball Association) championships in the early 1970's ... Was chosen for the 12-man 40th anniversary team of the Pacers ... Currently does television studio commentary during Pacer games ... Is the president of Billy Keller Basketball Camps ... Resides in Noblesville, Ind., and along with wife, Joyce, has two children, Jeannie and Jill.

Bob Kessler

Bob Kessler - Came to Purdue from Anderson, Ind., to play basketball for head coach and fellow Purdue Hall of Famer Ward Lambert ... became a three-year letterwinner (1933-36) and was captain of the 1935-36 squad ...was a forward on three consecutive Big Ten championship teams ... was runner-up in Big Ten scoring his junior year and was the Big Ten scoring leader as a senior ... was twice chosen first team All-Big Ten and was the only unanimous selection his senior year ... was named a consensus All-American his senior season and averaged 8.8 points per game over his career ... as a senior received the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for academic and athletic achievement ... was elected to the Indiana basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 ... received an honorary doctorate from Purdue in 1971 for outstanding community and professional endeavors ... retired from General Motors as vice president after a successful 42-year career in the Detroit area... was married to wife, Nondas, for 62 years and had three children - Barbara, Robert and Bev - five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren ... being honored posthumously.

Ed Langford

Ed Langford - Came to Purdue from Indianapolis, Ind., and became a four-time letterwinner (1978-1981) in track and field under Purdue Hall of Fame coach Dave Rankin ... won back-to-back Big Ten indoor pole vault championships in 1980 and 1981 ... became an All-American in 1981 by winning the NCAA indoor national championship with a vault of 17 feet, 9 1/2 inches ... was an alternate for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow ... personal best of 18-0 1/2 is tied for second all-time in Purdue indoor track history and would have been a world record at the time had it come in a sanctioned event ... still holds school outdoor record with a vault of 17-10 1/2, which ranks fourth all-time in Purdue outdoor history ... after graduation started flight training in 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1987 ... received a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College in 1999 ... was working at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, when he sustained injuries from the 9/11 terrorist attacks ... has since recovered and been deployed to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan ... career has seen more than 60 combat missions, 3,100 flight hours and various service medals ... currently resides in Virginia Beach, Va., with wife, Reneé, and their two children, Christine and Jacob.

Felix Mackiewicz

Felix Mackiewicz - Came to Purdue from Chicago ... became a five-time letterwinner in baseball (1938-40) and football (1938-39) ... played baseball under head coach and fellow Purdue Hall of Famer Dutch Fehring ... named most valuable player of baseball team in 1938 ... was a three-year starter at third base for the Boilermakers ... his baseball teams compiled a 40-27-3 record and his football teams went 8-4-4 ... played in the College Football All-Star Game of 1940 in Chicago as an end ... went on to play major league baseball as an outfielder and third baseman with the Philadelphia Athletics (1941-43), Cleveland Indians (1945-47) and Washington Senators (1947) ... caught the last out in the game that ended Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak ... was married to Eleanor and had five children: Jim, John, Judy, Julie and Mary Pat, who were raised in the St. Louis area ... has 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren ... being honored posthumously.

Ned Maloney

Ned Maloney - Came to Purdue from Oak Lawn, Ill. ... became a three-time letterwinner (1945-47) as an end ... was a two-time team Most Valuable Player and team captain of the 1947 squad ... named to Purdue's All-Time Football Team in 1987 ... played pro football for two years with the San Francisco 49ers (1948-49) ... in 1949 was part of 49ers team that finished the regular season 9-3 and played in the AAFC Championship Game ... came back to Purdue and was a long-time assistant football coach under head coaches Stu Holcomb and fellow Purdue Hall of Famers Jack Mollenkopf and Bob DeMoss (1951-72) for teams that posted a combined record of 118-77-14 ... finished his career as equipment manager (1972-87) ... along with wife, Tooty (deceased), has two children, Tim and Maureen ... currently resides in West Lafayette, Ind.


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