Class of 1955
John was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. His citation is copied below:
To the benefit of Washington College, Jack Bergen decided in 1951 to cast his lot with the Maroon and Black. Jack was an outstanding basketball performer at Rutgers Prep School in New Brunswick, N.J. In 1951 he was selected as a member of the State of New Jersey All-State prep basketball team as well as the New York All-Metro team.
He immediately became a prolific scorer for Washington College. He was a four-year lettermen in basketball, making the All-Mason Dixon Conference All-Star team his last two years in college. In 1955 he led the Mason-Dixon Athletic Conference in scoring with a 26.6 point average. He possessed a deadly one-hand jump shot and consistently scored in the twenty point range in each basketball game he played. He served as captain of the basketball team during his senior year. Additionally, he participated in track and field during his freshman and sophomore years and in varsity lacrosse during his junior and senior years.
Jack was active in other areas of campus life as a member of the Varsity Club, serving as the vice-president of that organization during his junior year, and as president during his senior year. He is a member of the ODK Honorary Society and was awarded the Washington College Activities Key in 1955. He was also a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and Newman Club. He was graduated with a degree in Economics.
He spent his professional life with the Trimfoot Co, serving as the Northeast Sales Manager. He continues to play both tennis and golf and has a hole in one to his credit.
Jack has remained active with the College by helping recruit prospective students. Jack’s family includes his wife, Carol, and three daughters, Kelly Ann, Nancy and Mary. He also has two grandchildren, a boy and a girl.
Washington College considers it a great pleasure to induct Jack Bergen into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 4th day of October, 1997.