Rice Institute Owls track team member Bill Christopher
Black and white copy of article on Bill Christopher's (class of 1943) induction into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Photograph shows Christopher in a Rice Institute track uniform in action. Text describes his career in track and field and biographical information. Caption reads: Rice has always been a hot-bed for track and field talents, one of the busiest was BILL CHRISTOPHER (class of 1943). Christopher participated on the short sprints, quarter mile, half mile and mile relay teams as well as in the high jump, but he is best known for his long jump prowess. Christopher’s jump of 24-8 ¼ on May 9, 1943 still stands sixth on the list of all-time best performances in Rice track history. The two-time all-America won the NCAA long jump in that same year and finished runner-up in the high jump. As a captain on the 1943 team, he also won the SWC individual title for the long jump with a jump of 24-8 ½ at the SWC Championships. Christopher joined the U.S. Marine Corps while still attending Rice and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1943. After graduating from Rice with his B.S. degree in 1943, he was sent overseas to the South Pacific. A veteran of three wars, he earned 23 military decorations and awards and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1969. Following World War II, Christopher attended Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York and received his masters degree in secondary school administration in 1947. He subsequently accepted a job with the Portland, Oregon Public Schools and served as a teacher/coach and later as the supervisor and director of athletics for the district. He returned to active duty in the USMC in 1950 and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retirement, he settled in Oceanside, Calif. And accepted a teaching position at Oceanside High School where he chaired the social studies department for five years and assisted with the coaching of the track team. Christopher married the former Charlotta Beisser in 1942, and the couple had four kids. At the time of his induction, he had seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Rice athletic department takes great pleasure in welcoming Willard N. “Bill” Christopher to its Hall of Fame.
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality original image)
Citable link to this pagehttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/64333
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