James A. Banks (Al Banx)*
Title: Class of 1990

Al Banx was truly "everybody's cartoonist." for more than 40 years, until his death in 1967, he kept people in central Massachusetts laughing at themselves. The creator of Poly Tech, the mascot and logo for WPI's Poly Club, Banx provided many special sketches for WPI and its athletes over the years.

Banx delighted readers of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette with his regular panels filled with action, wry commentary and a motley cast of characters. He held a special fondness for sports and took great delight in focusing on Worcester's high school and college teams, coaches and athletes. His cartoons were featured regularly in the sports pages.

Born in 1890, Banx did his country proud by serving with the Marines during World War I. Even after he graduated from art school and began his professional career, he retained a soft spot for the military. During WWII he wrote a regular column in the Gazette that kept local servicemen up-to-date on events taking place back home. After his death, Worcester Public Library dedicated an exhibit room in his memory and St. Luke's church installed a stain-glass window made up of his illustrations of the Gospel According to Luke.

WPI is proud to honor Al Banx for his sincere commitment to sports in Worcester and for his contribution to WPI's athletic program by inducting him posthumously into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.