Joseph was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. His citation is below:
Joe Sutton was one of the native Kent Countians who decided to stay at home and attend Washington College, where he contributed to the success of the football, basketball and track and field programs. Like so many other students who attended the college at the time of World War II, he interrupted his education with military service.
Joe was a three-year lettermen in both football and track and field and a one-year letterman in basketball. Playing right end under football Coach George Ekaitis, he was an excellent blocker. With better then average speed, he developed into an excellent pass catcher. He returned to Washington College in 1945 and played basketball for Coach Henry Carrington, but it was in track and field that he made his mark of distinction. For three years he consistently scored points in dual meets in most of the field events. He was entered in all meets in the high jump, pole vault, running broad jump and javelin throw. During the 1947 Mason-Dixon Conference Track and Field Championships he set a new conference high jump record of 6’ 3/4”. Competing in the Middle Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships that same year at Rutgers University, he once again broke school and conference records. The old college record of six feet had been set by Bill Usilton in the late 1920’s.
Joe was a member of the Varsity Club and the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, serving as vice-president. In fact, he was instrumental in restarting the fraternity in 1945 when he returned from the service.
With a degree in chemistry, he enjoyed a successful career as an analytical chemist, working on environmental health issues for the National Institutes of Health and then for the Bureau of Mines Metallurgy Research Center at College Park. With colleagues from the California Institute of Technology, he examined the problem of smog in Los Angeles. He has served as a mineral commodity specialist, as a Liason Officer for the States of Maryland and Delaware, and as Chief of the State Liaison Program. He has authored or co-authored more then 40 scientific publications and is the recipient of several outstanding awards, including the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.
Washington College considers it a great pleasure to induct Joseph Sutton into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 4th day of October, 1997.