|Title:||Class of 1983|
Thomas Berry enjoyed a position as dominant force in New England college basketball and was almost single-handedly responsible for bringing widespread recognition to WPI's basketball team during its early stages of development. Arriving on campus when the basketball program was only three years old, he led the Engineers ro two New England Championships (1920-21) and (1921-22) and he garnered four All-New England awards while doing so.
As a center, Tom Berry was adept at all areas of the game and his four year recognition as All-New England is testimony to his domination and leadership. He was an iron man on the court, playing all but two minutes of WPI's games in his four years. In his senior year he averaged more than 12 points per game, an outstanding achievement in an era of center jumps and low scoring games. For years, he held the WPI single-game scoring record with 21 points.
Tom's athletic skills were not limited to basketball, for he was also outstanding on the football field, where he played end, on the baseball diamond, where he was a first-baseman and on the campus where he was recognized as a true leader.
Tonight we proudly honor Thomas Berry's extraordinary athletic achievement with his posthumous induction as a charter member of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.