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Thomas Spedden

Class of 1925

Thomas was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981. His citation is below:

T. Reeder Spedden, a native of Cambridge, enjoyed a remarkable athletic and academic career as a preparatory student and college man from 1912 through 1917. A cum laude graduate, he set the standard for measure of the scholar athlete. He was a member of the first basketball and baseball teams coached by Thomas Kibler in 1913-14.

Spedden played basketball for four years beginning with the 1913-14 season. He captained the 1916 state championship team and played on the 1917 championship squad. Quickness, team spirit, and fortitude were his trademarks.

Baseball was his favorite pastime. He played six college seasons and was captain of the 1916 team. He also played semi-pro baseball with the St. Michael’s team and, after graduation, with the Upland, Pennsylvania team. The left side of the infield, both shortstop and third base, was his home, and he guarded the territory with talent and tenacity, two traits which later contributed to his long and distinguished New Orleans business career in international shipping and commerce.

Newspapers of the day attest to Pete’s many contributions as a two-sport athlete. In 1916 one basketball article described Spedden’s play against Loyola College as “matchless.” In baseball he was known as a spectacular fielder with a steady arm.

Athlete, scholar and successful businessman, Spedden was honored in 1952 with the Gold Pentagon Award for service to the college, and again in 1962 when he was awarded the Washington College Alumni Citation for accomplishments in business.

Just recently retired, Pete follows all sports and, at age 86, still plays golf whenever he can.

INDUCTED October 9, 1981.