The Maroon Club Hall of Fame inducted Dan Bengele ’98, Steve Feldman ’76, Bill Hogarty ’55, Kim Stone ’00, and the 1948 football team at its annual fall dinner Nov. 22 at Kirby Sports Center.

Dan Bengele ’98

Bengele, a linebacker, was named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team and The Sports Network All-America Third Team in his senior campaign. He collected All-America honors from Football Gazette in his sophomore and junior years and was an ECAC All-Star First Team selection when he served as team captain as a senior. 

Named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in his junior year, he led the conference in tackles with 145, a mark that places him fourth in Lafayette single-season history. He also added eight sacks, ranking him ninth in Lafayette single-season history. Bengele garnered All-Patriot League First Team honors as a junior and senior while securing second team laurels as a sophomore. He finished his career with 408 tackles, ranking fourth in Patriot League history

Bengele won the Charles L. Albert ’08 Award, given annually to the senior judged to be the most outstanding athlete. He helped guide the 1994 team to a Patriot League title with a 5-0 league mark following a 0-6 start to the season. 

Bengele is a DPS sales specialist for Dell/EMC.

Steve Feldman ’76

Feldman was an NCAA finalist, finishing eighth in the nation, in the hammer throw in his senior track and field season. He held the Lafayette school record in the hammer from 1976-2018 (the third longest-held track and field record at Lafayette in 42 years). He won the hammer throw event at the 1976 Penn Relays and claimed first in the college division as a junior. 

He also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw as a junior. Feldman placed third in the hammer at the IC4A Outdoor Championships as a senior and fourth as a junior when he broke the Lafayette school record four times in four throws. Feldman also finished third in the 35-pound weight throw at the 1974 and 1976 IC4A Indoor Championship meets. He holds the 35-pound weight throw school record. 

Feldman served as a team captain as a senior and earned the Class of 1913 Trophy, presented to the senior who has attained the greatest distinction as an athlete and scholar.

Feldman earned his master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell. He joined Air Products and Chemicals in 1978, working in a variety of roles in support of industrial and electronic gases operations and plant engineering, gases plant commissioning, health and safety, and process engineering in a career spanning nearly 40 years. Feldman retired from Air Products in 2018 as chief engineer–gases operations.

Bill Hogarty ’55

Hogarty was an ABCA All-America Third Team honoree in his senior season, also collecting All-NCAA District II First Team laurels. He helped guide the Leopards to a third-place finish in the 1953 College World Series when Lafayette rang up a 20-6-2 mark, and he hit for a season-long .355 average. The outfielder was a member of two College World Series teams (1953 and 1954) and three teams that advanced to the NCAA Regionals (1953, 1954, 1955). He helped guide Lafayette to three straight Middle Atlantic Conference titles (1953-55). In his senior season, he hit for a .393 clip with seven home runs and 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts. 

The powerful slugger signed with the Washington Senators after graduation and played two seasons in the Senators farm system. Hogarty went on to work in construction and development in Hawaii, working primarily on large hotel projects. A veteran of the United States Army, he passed away in 2004. 

Kim Stone ’00

Stone was a two-sport athlete, playing field hockey and lacrosse. She earned NFHCA All-America Third Team honors in her senior hockey campaign when the team was 19-2 overall and 7-0 in Patriot League play. She also garnered NFHCA Mideast Region First Team laurels as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior. The midfielder was a three-time All-Patriot League selection (first team in 1998 and 1999 and second team in 1997). As a senior, she was a team captain and Patriot League Tournament MVP, guiding the team to a league title and an NCAA Tournament berth. 

Stone was named to the Patriot League All-Decade Field Hockey team in 2000, capping a career in which she claimed regular-season Patriot League crowns in 1996 and 1999. 

In lacrosse, Stone was a member of Patriot League championship teams in 1997, 1998, and 2000 while racking up a four-year league record of 15-2. She secured All-Patriot League Second Team honors as a junior on a 10-6 squad.

Like Bengele, Stone was the Charles L. Albert ’08 Award winner, while also being named the Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year. After graduation, Stone served as an assistant coach on the field hockey team. She earned her master’s degree in interior architecture and design from Drexel in 2008 and along with her husband owns a design build construction company, Homestead Design Build Inc.

1948 football team

The 1948 team finished the season with a 7-2 record with wins over Fordham, Bucknell, George Washington, Washington and Jefferson, Muhlenberg, Ohio Wesleyan, and Lehigh, and losses only to No. 6 Army and Rutgers. The team averaged 260.2 rushing yards per game, among the leaders in the East, led by Maroon Club Hall of Fame inductee Frank Downing ’51, who was the quarterback.

More notably, the team was invited to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The College rejected the invitation, however, after the Sun Bowl committee’s decision to exclude David Showell ’51 from the game because of his race and the segregation laws in Texas. Showell, who played on offense and defense, later served his country in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen. The “Greatest Game Never Played” (as it was later referred to in a song) helped raise awareness of exclusion of African American players in college football bowl games based on their race.

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2 Comments

  1. George Tiger, Class of 1957 says:

    Ron Owen was inducted in the Hall of Fame the previous year per
    George Tiger ‘57, Hall of Fame Committee Member.

  2. P.E. (Ted) Hewitt Class of 1956 says:

    I am very pleased that my fraternity brother,Bill Hogarty, was
    Inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is most deserving of this
    recognition. Another fraternity brother and classmate of Bill,
    Ron Owen,is equally deserving and I sincerely hope he will be inducted next year.

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