|Sport(s):||Dist. Letterman Award - Track & Field|
The second of the Distinguished Letterman winners in the 2014 class, Ferris was a three-year standout on the now defunct NU men’s varsity track and field team.
He set the school record at the time in the 440-yard run with a time of 51.3 at the Vermont State Meet with Middlebury and Vermont. He also earned the team Most Improved Award during his career.
“Track season was very short because of the long winters that we had,” Ferris said. “I just tried to stay in shape during the winter and fall. It was always a challenge to get ready for the season with no cross country or indoor track team.”
Upon graduating in the spring of 1964, Ferris went on to an accomplished 21-year active duty military career that included award highlights of Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Later he worked for an international construction management company called Bechto that took him to rebuilding projects in Kuwait in 1991 and Baghdad, Iraq in 2003.
Today, Ferris is retired in Pooler, Georgia with his wife, Glenda. They have three kids. David, Natasha, Patrick and nine grandchildren.