By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WYLIE, Texas - Former longtime Rice University sports information director Bill Whitmore will be inducted into the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Friday.
One of the pioneers of the sports information profession, Whitmore retired in 1984 after 34 seasons as the Owls' sports information director. The former Texas Relays and UIL State Track Meet announcer will be one of 11 posthumous inductees into the hall of fame.
Born on Aug. 27, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo., Whitmore spent most of his life in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas in 1942 with a journalism degree. At Texas, Whitmore was the co-sports editor for the Daily Texan and did his first sports information work as a student aide to Wilbur Evans. After World War II, he came to Houston to become the first full-time radio newsman in Houston for KPRC in 1945.
Whitmore joined the Rice staff in June 1950, the same year the university opened play in Rice Stadium and at Autry Court. During his tenure, he served as president of the Texas Sports Writers Association and the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Nicknamed "The Barber" by longtime Houston Post sportswriter Jack Gallagher, Whitmore won the College Sports Information Director of America's Arch Ward Award in 1980 and was named an honorary letterman by the "R" Association in 1982. Shortly after retiring in 1984, he was inducted into the Rice Athletic and COSIDA's halls of fame and served as the CoSIDA president in 1983-84.
Whitmore passed away in the summer of 2002.
Other posthumous inductees include: William E. "Rooster" Andrews, Frank Fallon, Bob Hayes, Dr. Bert Lyle, Jr., Winton E. "Pop" Noah, Cleburne Price, Jr., Charlie Thomas, Raymond Trotter, W.A. Wise, and Hoover Wright. In addition, seven living legends will also enter the Hall of Fame: Charles Austin, Barbara Crousen, Beverly D. Humphrey, Stan Huntsman, David Noble, Bob Richards, and Francie Larrieu Smith.
The Texas Track & Field Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Jan. 6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza-Addison at 7 p.m.