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2013 Hall of Fame class to be honored

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Five new Baker alumni will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday. By their sides at the ceremony will be student-athletes who showed their dedication last year by earning national and conference accolades.

The induction ceremony will be at 6 p.m. in Overland Park with a dinner following. Seventy five student-athletes were eligible for the event, and Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar believes there will be a great turnout.

“This is one of my favorite events,” Yetmar said. “It’s an opportunity to show how great we were and how great we still are.”

Here is a closer look at the five new inductees based on information provided by the university:

Jim Dick, Class of 1963:

Dick was a two-time conference champion and record setter in the long jump. After graduation he worked as an admissions director before co-funding and becoming CEO of Career Communications Inc. of Overland Park.

Jerry Jones, Class of 1964:

Jones coached men’s basketball for 17 years at Kansas Wesleyan University and five years at Indiana University South Bend. Both universities had records set for games won under his direction. In 2007, he was inducted into Baker’s School of Education Wall of Honor for his achievement in education.

Bob Peters, Class of 1970:

Peters was four-year letter winner in track for shot put, discus and high jump. He also lettered one year in football. He was an 11-time USA Track and Field All-American, won 46 state championships in shot put, broke 35 state and local meet records and one national record. In shot put, he’s been ranked in the top five in the United States for three different years (2002, 2004 and 2008). He currently works in veterinary practice in Kansas City.

Johnie C. Seals, Jr., Class of 1980:

Seals finished with 1,307 career points in basketball and was a four-year letterman. While at BU, he set multiple school records for his free throw percentage. After graduation he worked in accounting and information technology and currently works as an IT specialist for the Williams Companies and at IBM.

Meghan Lewis Houtsma, Class of 2002:

Lewis Houtsma was the top golfer on the women’s team four years in a row and served as captain from 2000-2002. She placed in the top two in more than 20 tournaments, qualified for four national tournaments and earned three All-America honors. She attended Washburn University after graduating from Baker, where she earned her law degree. She now works as a staff attorney for Syracuse Dairy LLC.