Earl M. Bloom, Jr. '55

Earl Bloom, your magnificent athletic achievements enable you to be recognized as one of the greatest athletes ever to wear the Crimson and Gray. Your 15 varsity letters in four years are the most ever earned by a WPI athlete and distinguishes you as the most decorated athlete in WPI history.

The epitome of an "all-around" athlete, your success in football, basketball, track, and tennis was a tribute to your remarkable talent, drive and leadership.

You will always be remembered for the instrumental role you played on the 1954 football team. A dynamic running back, safety, and kicker, your immense abilities and timely scoring helped WPI achieve only its second perfect season ever.

On the basketball court, your dazzling play during four outstanding seasons saw you and your distinguished career with 584 points. Your heroics were numerous, but perhaps most memorable was when you keyed WPI's monumental victory over Massachusetts in 1954 by scoring the winning basket with just four seconds remaining in the game. 

Your poise and phenomenal abilities were also evident in track and tennis. A multi-faceted performer, you ran sprints and performed both the high jump and long jump in track. In tennis, you successfully played both singles and doubles. 

Alongside your athletic pursuits, you demonstrated a unique balance of campus leadership and fraternal involvement. Ever quiet, yet ever motivated, you were and still are recognized as a true leader. Earl Bloom, tonight we proudly honor you for your extraordinary athletic achievements and induct you as a member of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.