|Title:||Class of 1983|
Harry Dadmun was a leader amongst leaders, a winner amongst winners. As the first WPI athlete to attain national prominence in his sport, he was known as "Worcester's Fastest Human." He ran against the best runners in the world, and more often than not emerged victorious.
In 1891 he won the National AAU 1/2-mile Championship in Washington, D.C. with a time of 1:59.2, a standard that stood as a WPI record for more than 60 years. That same year he also won the French National 1/2-mile championship. Throughout New England he was without peer, and at WPI he held the record in eight track events, including the 100-yard dash, the 1/2-mile and both the high and low hurdles. His athletic skills were indeed extraordinary.
Harry Dadmun's athletic contributions continued beyond graduation when he became a sports writer first in Worcester and later Boston and Seattle. He as active in alumni affairs and directed exceptional energy toward maintaining WPI athletic posture and standing. He also distinguished himself as a football official, working most of the major football games in New England, on practically every campus in the region.
It is with deep sense of pride that we posthumously recognize Harry Dadmun's extraordinary athletic achievements with his induction as a charter member of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.