|Title:||Class of 1987|
Don Putnam, your outstanding achievements and spirited dedication have earned you a place among the esteemed members of the WPI athletic community. A winner of seven varsity letters in football and baseball, you had a competitive desire that will never be forgotten.
The epitome of the all-around athlete, you achieved a level of success on the gridiron and the diamond that speak well of your remarkable skill and determination.
As a former five-letter high school athlete and Massachusetts State Class B low hurdle champion, you broke into the Boynton Hillers' backfield as a freshman in 1928. You starred not only on offense, where you were a left halfback, but also on defense as linebacker, where you were known for crushing tackles. Few who saw it will never forget your gutsy play against Trinity, when your running led Tech to a 13 to 7 victory.
It was not only your expertise on the field, but your character and determination that led your teammates to elect you football captain in your senior season.
In the springtime, your talents and interests shifted to the baseball diamond, where you earned three letters and were considered one of the finest shortstops in New England. Only a serious football injury prevented you from winning a fourth letter.
A top hitter, you utilized your power to crack home runs and you developed a reputation as one of the toughest outs on the team - a reputation borne out one day against the University of Rhode Island when you had a perfect day at bat.
Not just a top athlete, you were prominent and active student. You were honored by Skull as a freshman and served as its president in 1931. You were also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Don Putnam, it is with a tremendous sense of pride and honor that tonight we induct you into the WPI Athletics Hall of Fame.