Robert Donle '75
Robert Donle '75
Title: Class of 2007
Organization: Track and Field

The undefeated track squad of 1975 was one of the greatest teams in the history of WPI athletics, and Bob Donle was a key cog to the legendary squad.

A member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams all four years, he competed in the long jump, triple jump, and javelin, and was co-captain during the storybook 1975 season.

"Bob Donle was a winner," says coach Merl Norcross, a Hall of Famer himself. "I counted on him to win two events every meet-and he delivered."

Deliver he did! During his freshman season, in 1972, Bob placed in two events in 90 percent of the meets. As a sophomore, he became even more of a force, winning two events in 90 percent of the meets.

Arguably, Bob's junior year campaign was one of the best in school history. He won two events at an eyepopping 95 percent of WPI's meets. That set the stage for the magical senior year, 1975. In addition to winning dual events in 90 percent of the meets, he won the Eastern Championships meet in Maine, one that brought together the best track and field athletes from all three divisions along the East coast.

Bob Donle was one of an amazing seven members of the 1975 team to hold a school record. In fact, his jump of 46 feet-7-1/2 inches in the triple jump at the Tufts Invitational is one of the oldest records at WPI.

"As a captain he led by example," says Norcross. "Winning was one of the many examples he set and accomplished."

In high school Bob lettered in both track and basketball. In his senior year, he set the school record in the long jump and was the co-captain of the track team. At WPI, he majored in civil engineering with an emphasis on construction management.

Bob is vice president of operations at Nordic Construction, a Hawaii-based commercial building contractor that has grown from revenues of approximately $15 million in 1998 to nearly $100 million per year today. He and his wife, Praneet, reside in Kaneohe, Hawaii.