|Title:||Class of 1995|
Powerhouse. Thundering back. Iron man. These are just a few of the superlatives that have been applied to Hugo Noridge, whose memorable performances on the football field and on the track are the stuff of WPI legend. Noridge won three letters in football and four in track, and captained both during his senior year.
On the football team, Noridge played back, and he did so with great talent, determination and gusto. Al Banx, cartoonist for the Worcester Telegram and The Evening Gazette, often celebrated Noridge's talent in his whimsical panels.In one, he called Noridge a "powerful back who can really hit a line." In another, he said he "could make any man's team."
Perhaps his most memorable appearance on Alumni Field occurred in 1943, when the Engineers took on the Bobcats from Bates College. Noridge muscled his way through the Bates line to score touchdowns in the second and fourth periods in the 21 to 7 victory. It was the first win for the Engineers in two years, and exuberant fans carried Noridge from the field on their shoulders like a conquering hero.
Noridge also made his mark on the track and field team. He specialized in field events, and his size and strength combined to make him a formidable talent in the shot put, discus, and javelin throw. During this senior year, he placed first in the shot put and discus and third in the javelin events at the New England Intercollegiate Track Meet. He scored 12 out of WPI's 14 points at that meet and was the outstanding individual performer of the day. At the time of his graduation, Noridge held the WPI record for the shot, with a put of 42 feet.
Away from the field, Noridge continued to excel. An outstanding student, he attained first honors when he received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1947. He spent the early part of his career as a plant engineering manager for Emhart Corp. and Millers Falls Co.; he retired from Avco Lycoming as manager of production inspection.
For his outstanding achievements as an athlete and a scholar, WPI is pleased to induct, post-humously, Hugo Noridge into the Athletic Hall of Fame.