JAMES A. PETERSON
Inducted: July 31, 1993 in Nappanee, IN
High School Attended: Elkhart Graduated: 1943
High School Honors: Played varsity football 3 years; vice-president of senior class.
College Attended: Hanover College Graduated: 1950
Indiana University MA
College Honors: 3-year First Team Hoosier College Conference Quarterback; 3-year First Team Quarterback on Little All-State College Football Team chosen by AP; Little All-PHI; Little All-American Honorable Mention (AP) 1947; named to Tom Harmon's Little All-American Team 1948; Nation's Small College Leader in passing and total offense in 1948, passing for 484 yards in one game alone, and 1,428 total yards in an eight game season.
Professional Athletic Background: Tried out with Pittsburgh Steelers 1950; played semi-pro with Indianapolis All-Stars in 1950.
Special Recognition: Served 7 1/2 years as Superintendent of Recreation in Evansville; joined the IU faculty as a specialist in recreation and parks, becoming Professor Emeritus in the Department of Recreation and Parks Administration; also worked with the Cooperative Extension Service of Purdue University; retired after 33 years in recreation and park management.
Family: Wife, Janice; children, Craig and Christina.