|Title:||Class of 1985|
Percy "Doc" Carpenter devoted most of his life to the betterment of WPI and its physical education department. As the first full-time athletic director of the Institute's, his name was synonymous with WPI for more than three decades.
While serving as athletic director from 1916 to 1952, his commitment to WPI was undying. From the construction in 1916 of the school's first major athletic facility, Alumni Gymnasium, Percy successfully guided the department through turbulent times and laid a foundation of excellence within the college.
His unique philosophy held that WPI students undertook such as a rigorous academic program that they needed the benefit of an athletic program to maintain good physical conditioning. He boldly established physical education as a required course of study at the college and that requirement exists to this day.
Percy also believed in the importance of team sports as a means to develop sportsmanship, foster college spirit and breed a competitive atmosphere. Though never backed by sufficient funds, Percy's department, through his patient efforts, bore out the intentions of his philosophy. The drive and commitment he displayed will endure forever.
Tonight we proudly honor Percy "Doc" Carpenter's extraordinary life with his posthumous induction into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.