|Title:||Class of 1987|
Carmen Della Vecchia, your accomplishments on the football field were extraordinary. While earning four varsity letters, you established yourself as one of the premier linemen in New England in the 1960's.
With the success of the team always on your mind, you never gave up. In the four years on the football team, you played in a starting position each year and did not miss one game.
Spectators, the media, teammates and opponents alike respected your talent and excellent play. In 1966, for example, after a game against the Coast Guard Academy, your outstanding play earned you a certificate on the weekly Associated Press All-New England team. After the season, you received honorable mentions on both the All-New England and All-American teams.
These honors were tributes to those Saturday afternoons when your relentless desire and enormous effort played a major role in controlling the line of scrimmage.
You were looked upon as a leader by your teammates, who elected you defensive captain in 1965 and co-captain in 1966.
Your athletic talent was not limited to the gridiron. You distinguished yourself as a member of the wrestling team in the winter of 1967 and, for three years, as a competitor in track and field, where your strength made you a standout in the shot put event.
As an undergraduate you demonstrated a commitment to student affairs. You were a member of Phi Kappa Theta, the Newman Club, the Varsity Club, and the staff for "Tech News, " and a charter member of Alpha Phi Omega.
Carmen Della Vecchia, it is with tremendous pride and honor that tonight we induct you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.