|Title:||Class of 2000|
Fred Rucker, you have come a long way since your undergraduate days at WPI in the late '70s and early '80s. From vice president of Phi Kappa Theta during your senior year to your current position as the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Global One. From president of your sophomore, junior and senior class to membership on the Board of Trustees' Physical Facilities Committee, which is responsible for the planning and oversight of the campus center (nearing completion not far from where we are gathered tonight)
You have contributed to this university in virtually every way imaginable and have honored it with your continued dedication, commitment, and interest. You alma mater had recognized your commitment by presenting you with both of its young alumni awards: the John Boynton Award in 1991 and the Ichabod Washburn Award in 1996. Tonight we honor you once again-this time for your athletic achievement.
In your day, you ran the 400 meters, anchored the mile relay, threw the javelin, and helped propel WPI's track teams to winning seasons in four straight years: a 7-2 record in 1978, 8-1 in 1979, 8-1 in 1980, and 6-3 in 1981. But it was the decathlon, that grueling 10-part, two-day marathon that seems to receive attention only during the Olympics, that was your specialty. You excelled in the 100-meter run, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400 meters that comprise Day 1, and in the 110-meter high hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500-meter run on Day 2. Grueling, indeed!
You continually set WPI records in your junior and senior years. In the second week of 1980 you earned 5,778 points to finish second at New Englands Division III Championship; one week later, you broke that record with 5,975 points at the New Englands at Dartmouth. The following year you set yet another record for your alma mater with your 6,131-point, first-place finish at the New England Division III Championships at Bowdoin.
Notes former coach Merl Norcross, "Fred would perform in any event his coaches asked him to," he says. "He was a team guy in the true sense of the word, a competitor who always took things in stride. He was as successful in the decathlon then as he is in the business world today."
You received your bachelor's degree with distinction in mechanical engineering and completed your M.B.A. at Columbia in 1989. A WPI trustee since 1996, you have served on several committees since graduation.
Fred Rucker, superior athlete, loyal graduate and dedicated trustee, it is with great pride that we honor you once again by welcoming you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.