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Alumni Highlights: RIT Sports Hall of Fame inducts six

New members of the RIT Sports Hall of Fame are (from left) Jay Murphy '94, Tom Peeples '94, Jeannie Khaw '95, David Egan '62, Bob Klos '55, and Gerald Isobe '76.

The RIT Sports Hall of Fame grew to 123 members with the induction of six athletes in November 2001.

The Honorable David D. Egan, New York State Supreme Court Justice, wrestled, played soccer, served as assistant wrestling coach, was an Outstanding Alumnus award winner, and a member of the RIT Board of Trustees. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in business administration.

Jeannie Khaw of Malaysia was a member of the highly successful volleyball team from 1990 to 1994 and was considered one of the top setters in the nation. In her four years of competition, the accounting graduate garnered three All-American titles and three Most Valuable Player honors in the Empire Athletic Association. She remained at RIT and earned a master’s degree in 1995.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Gerald Isobe was the first RIT deaf golfer to earn NCAA All-American honors. The 1976 accounting graduate competed three times in NCAA championships. Isobe was named RIT Distinguished Alumnus of NTID in 1988. In 1987 he was a national honoree of the United States Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans. In 1982 he became the first national deaf champion of the United States Golf Association.

Bob Klos, a 1955 business administration graduate, was a three-year basketball player. He led the team to a 32-20 record from 1952-55. In 1957 he returned to RIT where he was assistant athletic director, freshman basketball coach, intramural director, assistant soccer coach and RIT’s first golf coach. His golf teams won 30 consecutive matches and participated in two NCAA championships.

Hockey has always been an integral part of Jay Murphy’s life. As a senior, the 1994 management graduate was a first team All-American, Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the team’s leading scorer with 61 points. Twice team captain, he garnered the Hockey Fans Choice Award in 1992–93. Since leaving RIT, he has played professional hockey and is the all-time leading goal scorer with the Louisiana IceGators of the East Coast Hockey League.

Track man Tom Peeples ’94 concentrated on the hurdles, but also competed in numerous events. He qualified for the NCAAs five times, earning All-American honors in the hurdles each time. He was Senior Athlete of the Year in 1994 and won four Empire Athletic Association championships in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump. Recipient of the Walls-Olsen Memorial Scholarship for contributions to student life, he was a member of the U.S. Navy ROTC program.