NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced the inductees for Norwich University's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 recently.
Eight individuals will be recognized as part of NU Homecoming Weekend 2018 festivities Sept. 12-16. The inductees are as follows:
Chris Dewey '03 – Dewey was a four-year member of the football team, earning Freedom Football Conference First Team honors as a senior in 2002. He also was named to the FFC Second Team as a junior in 2001. He earned FFC Defensive Player of the Week honors and New England Player of the Week honors, as well as was an ECAC Northeast All-Star selection. He served as a co-captain as a senior and was the NU Defensive MVP. Dewey also was a National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.
Howard Allen '83 – Allen was a two-sport standout in skiing and lacrosse during his time at Norwich. He was a three-year captain of the ski team and made the All-East Ski Team as a senior in 1983. He qualified for the Division I Ski Championships as a sophomore in 1981. He was also named to the United States Military World Skiing Championship Team after graduation.
David O'Neil '83 – O'Neil is the first of two distinguished letterwinner candidates in this year's Hall of Fame class. He was a four-year member of the football team and also pitched during his senior year on the baseball team. He stepped up in his junior year to set then records for passing yards in a game and a season. He was voted the most improved offensive player as a junior. As a senior he kept the momentum up, once again setting then records for yards passing in a game, season and career en route to earning the team offensive MVP.
Gary Marenna '73 – Marenna is the second of two distinguished candidates in the 2018 Hall of Fame class. He was a four-year member and three-year letterwinner on the football team despite never playing the sport prior to attending Norwich. He served as a fullback on the 1970 team that went 7-1 and has been inducted into the NU Hall of Fame as a team. After graduating, he went on to an accomplished military career.
Robert Potter '68 – Potter was a three-year member of the football team, helping lead Norwich to a 6-2 record as a junior in 1966. As a senior, he had his finest season in a Cadet uniform, ranking third among all quarterbacks in New England in passing yards. Norwich went 4-4 that season, including an infamous loss to UVM that took points away after an incredible feat by Potter seemingly won Norwich the game, but instead resulted in a 20-19 loss.
Alfred Bradley '63 – Bradley is a posthumous selection to the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame after passing away from a brief illness this past April. He was standout offensive and defensive lineman on the football team, earning 1962 WCAX-TV Vermont All-State Team honors as a senior. He also was a member of the track and field team, setting a then school-record in the shot put. He earned first place in the Vermont State Meet for shot put and hammer throw and was also voted a co-captain by his teammates.
Albert Pettingill '63 – Pettingill and Bradley's inductions into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame bring the Class of 1963's record total number up to 13 members. Pettingill was a running back and was also named to the 1962 WCAX-TV Vermont All-State Team. He went onto a distinguished 20-year active duty military career and retired in 1984 as a lieutenant colonel.
Bill Dexter – This year's honorary inductee is Bill Dexter, who along with his wife Donna have gone above and beyond with their support of the Norwich University cross country program for nearly 20 years. Their son Dana was a member of the men's team and graduated in 2003, but they have continued to attend nearly every cross country meet since then. Bill has provided the athletic department and the members of the cross country team with hundreds of photos of every meet he has attended over the years, as well as food, water and Gatorade to help the team replenish energy during and after each meet.
The 2018 Norwich University Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Plumley Armory as a part of NU Homecoming Weekend festivities.