|Title:||Class of 1983|
Ray Forkey, your remarkable contributions to WPI athletics have spanned more than 40 years. Your accomplishments started as a freshman and concluded as a senior when you became the first WPI athlete to earn 12 letters - in football, basketball and baseball. Along the way you were an integral part of some of the most successful Engineer teams in history and as an alumnus your staunch support of WPI and the athletic program rivals your efforts as an athlete.
Your record of playing in all but one varsity game, in all three sports, for four years, is testimony to your skill, drive and determination. In football your ability and poise as a triple threat quarterback made you an invaluable leader on the 1938 undefeated team, where as a passer, runner and especially a punter you became a legend in your own time. On the basketball court, you played both guard and center, captained the team in your senior year, and helped the Engineers compile a 47-17 record, the best basketball career record in WPI history.
Included in that basketball record was the 13-3 team of 1938-39, which had the best record in New England. You also captained the baseball team, where you played first base and shortstop and were an outstanding hitter.
Since graduation you have continued to bring pride to WPI through your accomplishments on the golf course where you consistently low handicap and fierce competitive spirit are legend. In addition, as a totally committed alumnus and Trustee, you have consistently been in the forefront in keeping athletics a prominent part of the WPI experience.
Ray Forkey, it is worth gratitude and admiration that we recognize you this evening with your induction as a charter member of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.