October 15, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday A Salute to Roanoke's 'Finest Athlete"

Written by Star & Lamp
Brother Richard John "Dick" Emberger, Xi '59, Roanoke College's 'finest athlete." Brother Richard John "Dick" Emberger, Xi '59, Roanoke College's 'finest athlete."

A sad day for coaches and fans of the Roanoke College Maroons – the day in August when Richard John Emberger, Xi '59, receives his Bachelor of Arts Degree, signifying his completion of all competitive athletics at the college. "I think he is the best all-around athlete we have ever had at Roanoke," comments Homer Bast, registrar and track adviser. "Dick has proven himself, in my opinion to be the finest athlete in Virginia this year. There is almost nothing he can't do and do it better than the next fellow."

SLAugust1960-10152015Those are glowing words of tribute. But the 21-year-old star from Bloomfield, N.J., has merited this acclaim. He has co-captained three teams this past school year: cross country, swimming, and indoor and outdoor track. He has won a total of 11 varsity letters in the three sports and has proven outstanding in each. But all this success didn't just come by chance. Dick has spent countless hours on the practice field and in the pool improving himself.

A good example of how the hard work has paid off is in swimming where Dick won the Little Eight diving title three years and would have won a fourth if he hadn't been hit by mumps just before his sophomore year.

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This story comes from the August 1960 issue of the Star & Lamp.

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