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Hall of Fame - 1976 Inductees
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 01/20/2007
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Dr. Paul T. Cook (Go 1931-34)
  Dr. Cook is a native of Bismarck, N.D., now residing in Santa Maria, Cal., where he is semi-retired from his medical practice. Dr. Cook is a legend in North Dakota amateur golf circles. He won his first of four straight state amateur link championships in 1929 and added his fifth in 1934. He lettered in golf at UND four years (1931-1934) when the sport was first gained popularity as a collegiate event.

Prof. R.D. Koppenhaver (Fac. Rep. 1938-49, 71-73)
  Kope as he is widely known to the athletic fraternity, is now UND Professor Emeritus of Accounting. He has been at UND since 1937 and served as UND faculty athletic representative 1938-49 and 1971-73. He has been either head UND basketball scorer or time from 1937 to present and has missed only four home games in that span. All three of his sons were UND athletes and are graduates. His eldest son, Dr. Richard G., is now Commissioner of the North Central Conference, headquartered in Minneapolis.

Evan E. Lips (FB 1937-39)
  Mr. Lips also a native of Bismarck. He lettered in football three times, 1937-39, and was a three-time All North Central halfback and also served as an assistant coach one year. He is a former Mayor of Bismarck and a long-time state senator. He was ranked one of the best blocking backs UND has ever had by such long-time UND observers as retired Grand Forks Herald sports editor C.D. Locklin and Ed Boe, another legendary UND super athlete already in the Hall of Fame who lives in Grand Forks. Both of Mr. Lips sons were UND athletes in recent years. Evan Jr. was a standout starting guard in basketball and Erik a football placekicker.

Henry R. (Caesar) Murphy (FB; BB 1913-1917)
  Mr. Murphy, a native of Minot, N.D., is a legendary UND basketball center, who also played football. He lettered in 1913-17 and has been a long-time Minot businessman. Playing in an era when college basketball teams averaged 20 points a game, Mr. Murphy averaged nearly 25 points a game in his distinguished career. Murphy's top scoring effort came with a 34-point outburst Jan. 23, 1917 at Jamestown College in a 60-7 UND triumph. He also was a fine football player.

Leonard R. Marti (AD 1958-76; Gym Co)
  Marti, a native New Ulm, Minn., retired June 30 as UND athletic director and now resides in Grand Forks. He contributed 30 years of his career to building UND athletics and physical education to top national ranking, not only in quality but a high level of consistent success and integrity. He came to UND from the Bismarck, ND school system and became athletic director in 1958. He is a widely respected leader who has worked untiringly from the betterment of not only athletics but also UND. He planned and led to constructions two major UND athletic facilities, the fieldhouse in 1951 and the winter sports center in 1972.

Steven M. Myhra (FB; Tr 1955-57)
  Myhra was a two-time All American first team tackle in an era when football players went both ways in 1955-56. He is a native of Wahpeton, N.D. Myhra has the distinction of being the first Sioux football player to make it big in the post-WW II pro football. He signed and played six seasons with the then world champion Baltimore Colts. In a playoff game with the New York Giants, Steve kicked the field goal that led to the first overtime-pro game in 1961. Steve was a fine weightman on Sioux track teams, lettering twice in that sport. But he gained a lasting reputation as a great football lineman, widely respected by football men.

John M. Noah (H 1947-51)
  A native of nearby Crookston, Minn., Noah was a super hockey defenseman and became the first UND hockey All American in 1951. He lettered four years in hockey. He was a member of the United States National hockey team in the world tournament in 1950 and performed very well. Noah long has been a promoter of amateur hockey and devoted countless hours to not only coaching, managing but also bankrolling amateur hockey in North Dakota.

Albert C. Purpur (Fields & Hockey Rink Supervisor 1936-75)
  Al, as he is known to thousands of UND athletes and fans, retired June 30, 1975 as supervisor of UND athletic buildings and grounds. Al began working at UND in 1936 under the late athletic director and head football coach C. A. (Jack) West. A man of many abilities and fine personality, his devotion to his job was always widely recognized by UND coaches and athletes. His wife, Vi, was the long-time manager of the UND athletic concessions.

William R. Steenson (H 1956-59)
  Steenson, a native Moose Jaw, Sask., also was a super hockey defenseman. He is the only Sioux skater ever to win All America honors all three seasons, 1956-59, an honor duplicated by only a handful of collegiate stars. Steenson was rate, by veteran observers, for his size, the most able defenseman UND has ever had.

Charles F. Wolfe (BB 1950-53)
  Wolfe a Minot, N. D. native was a three-time record setting All North Central Conference forward in 1950-53 and captained UND basketball teams his junior and senior seasons. He led UND scoring three seasons for the AAU champion Peoria (Ill.) Caterpillars. A consistently high scorer, Wolfe led the conference and UND scoring three times and his name is found in the Sioux record book several times.

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