Joseph D. Bronzino '59
Title: Class of 1994

Joseph Bronzino, as an athlete at WPI you were a force to be reckoned with. On the baseball diamond your prowess with the bat earned you a reputation as the team's "big gun." And on the gridiron your tenacity and toughness made you the player Coach Pritchard could depend on to gain the last few yards for a first down or a touchdown. In all, you earned seven varsity letters in those two sports during your four years at WPI.

You joined the varsity football team as a freshman, became a starter in the backfield as a junior, and co-captained the team as a senior. As a tough-running fullback, you led the Engineers to a 6-1 record as a senior. You had the team's best scoring record in your junior and senior years, and chalked up an impressive 78 career points. Your outstanding play during your senior year earned you a spot on the All-East second team.

In baseball, you were the starting centerfielder for all four of your WPI seasons and you served the team as co-captain your senior year. You led the team in hitting as a freshman and a junior, recording a .361 average and a .457 average, respectively. You were the first player to hit a home run over the newly constructed fence in left field. In the summer of 1956, you were selected to play on the New York City Journal American All-star Team, which defeated a team of U.S. All Stars 5-3 at the Polo Grounds.

Your excellence was not limited to the playing fields. An electrical engineering major, you were elected to the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies and were named president of Skull. You served your class as vice president your senior year and were president of the Athletic Council. Your scholarships and athletic accomplishments won you the Outstanding Senior Award from the Varsity Club. After receiving your WPI degree, you went on to earn a master's from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Ph.d. from your alma mater. SInce then you have had a distinguished career as an educator and researcher in biomedical engineering and Trinity College in Hartford, where today you are the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science.

Joseph Bronzino, for your tremendous accomplishments on and off the playing field, we are proud to welcome you to membership in the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.