John T. Rushton '39 *
Title: Class of 1993

Jack Rushton, you made your presence felt at WPI in your first few days on campus. In you first appearance on the football field you snared an errant pass from the Coast Guard quaterback and sprinted 35 yards to score the only touchdown of the game. The 6-3 victory marked the Institutes first defeat of the Cadets in five years. Unfortunately, a knee injury, incurred during that same season in a game against Massachuseets State College, would plague you throughout your athletic career.

Your winning ways were not limited to the gridiron. On March 8, 1939, you stepped onto the hardwood at the University of Rhode Island to fill the shoes of injured captain Al Raslavsky. You poured in a game-high 23 points en route to a 64-61 upset. WPI would go 13 and 3 that year, with those three losses coming by a total of just three points.

Though you missed three games due to your knee injury, you finished with 113 points-and many fond memories-as a starter on that 1939 squad, the best basketball team WPI had known to that time.

All told, you earned 10 letters in football, basketball, and baseball. But you did more than play ball. You were the president of your freshman class, were elected to Skull, and served on the Tech Council. Despite these demands for your time, you did not neglect your academics and continuously appeared on the honor roll.

Jack Rushton, for your outstanding contributions to athletics at WPI, the Institute is proud to welcome you to membership in the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.