The Class of 2012 includes women's basketball coach Kathryn A. Baldridge, Brian A. Bippus '93 (men's basketball), Stephanie L. Danner '05 (women's swimming), Michael C. Kent E-'97 (men's basketball), sports writer Barry M. Strassler '66, William T. Sugiyama '59 (wrestling), and Albert A. Walla '75 (men's swimming).
Barry M. Strassler
'66, a walking encyclopedia of Gallaudet University athletics knowledge and a huge supporter and advocate for deaf news and deaf sports, was presented by his friend David Tossman.
is a cherished Gallaudet
Every morning at 5 a.m. all of the Gallaudet
coaches would get an e-mail from Barry
about new prospective students.
was always working, was not afraid to confront others who had issues with Gallaudet athletics."
Strassler was active as a student at Gallaudet from 1961-63, 64-66, as he served as the sports editor of the Buff and Blue and Tower Clock.
The accounting major played men's soccer in '62, club baseball in '65 and was the head football team manager in '65.
He has made many contributions to Gallaudet athletics over the years as he once served, as the editor of the Bison Club newsletter, was chairperson for the Gallaudet Hall of Fame for 1995, '98, and edit and wrote the Gallaudet football centennial history book on the Bison program.
"I never cry in public but I am crying because when he
introduced me he
was my best baseball friend.
Thank you for that introduction David," quipped Strassler
to start his speech.
Barry M. Strassler with Gallaudet Athletic Director Michael Weinstock