HAM, RICHARD F. "DICK"

RICHARD F. "DICK" HAM  (Deceased)
 
Inducted:  May 14, 1982 in Lafayette, IN
                                                                                   
Date of Birth:  July 28, 1921 in Lafayette, IN

High School Attended:  West Lafayette        Graduated:  1939

High School Honors:  Played end and quarterback 3 years; member of school's first undefeated team.

College Attended:  Purdue University one year

Sportswriter Career:  After discharge from Marines, was hired by the legendary sportswriter, Gordon Graham, at Lafayette Journal and Courier; employed there for 34 years as Assistant Sports Editor, retiring in 1981; covered all high school athletics, Purdue University, and other Big Ten events; covered over 500 football games, including six and eight variety during early career; helped newly consolidated county schools develop programs through publicity; devoted efforts to writing stories from coaches' and players’ side of game; was dedicated to Indiana High School Athletic Association programs; helped campaign for state play-off system and worked for conference alignment to give schools and teams added goals of accomplishments.

Special Recognition:  Served in the Marine Corps 1942-1946; inducted posthumously into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mr. Ham passed away May 1, 1989.