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H. Hurtt Deringer

Class of 1959

Deringer was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. His citation is copied below:

The name of this year’s Special Inductee has become synonymous with Washington College sports. H. Hurtt Deringer’s many years of dedicated service as a journalist covering College sports is legendary.

Deringer, Editor and Publisher of the Kent County News, became an instant fan back in 1945 when he worked the wooden scoreboard in old Cain gym at a Washington College - Ft. Miles basketball game. Throughout the years he has publicly chronicled the achievements of Washington College players, and privately kept his own logs and records for his favorite sports–lacrosse and basketball.

Deringer was the College’s Director of News Bureau and Sports Information from 1968-70, Assistant to the Vice President for Development and Public Relations from 1970-72, and Director of Public Relations from 1972-74.

He began his career in journalism in 1962 as news editor at WCHA radio in Chambersburg, PA. In 1963 he was appointed news and sports editor of the newly founded Chester River Press in Chestertown. He later became editor. He took over as editor of the Kent County News in 1974 and became publisher in 1976 after the paper was acquired by Whitney Communications Corporation of New York.

Deringer has received awards for editorial writing, columns (general and sports), sports writing and photography, he was a finalist for the John Hay Whitney Journalism Award in 1984, and he has twice received the Award for Excellence from the Chesapeake Publishing Corporation. He also has been recognized by numerous local civic and support groups for his excellence in reporting, and in 1985 received a media award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He is a regular guest columnist for Lacrosse magazine.

His love for sports is well chronicled. “The success this nation has enjoyed in the 20th century,” he has written, “can be attributed to the best aspects of athletics that have been brought to not only the marketplace, but to the democratic arena -playing by the rules, teamwork and discipline. When you are able to add those nitty-gritty intangibles - heart and spirit - you have two special ingredients that make the playing of sports worthwhile and a lesson of living.”

Washington College is proud to induct H. Hurtt Deringer into the Athletic Hall of Fame this 18th day of October, 1991.