John was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981. His citation is copied below:
John-J. “Bobby” Cavanaugh, a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, entered Washington College in 1922. He was an all-around athlete, earning letters four years in three sports, all of which he captained.
In basketball, Bobby was an excellent guard and steady scorer. He captained the 1927-28 team which won the Maryland Collegiate basketball title. A better than average baseball player, Bobby held down the position at first base, occasionally covering an outfield post.
Bobby was the quarterback of the football team, did all the punting, and was an excellent runner and accurate passer. His greatest moment came in 1923 in the game with St. John’s College, when he carried his team to victory with a 55-yard drop kick to score a 3 to O win. In 1924 the Baltimore Sun selected him to its All-Maryland college football team. ~
Following his graduation, Bobby moved to Cumberland, Maryland where he followed a career as director of athletics and coach of high school teams. He often had the satisfaction of leading many of those teams to championships among the high schools of Maryland. Even in retirement, he managed to do some coaching and officiating.
Because of his long career in athletics and his dynamic personality, Bobby is one of the most popular men today in his adopted city of Cumberland.
INDUCTED October 9, 1981.