HARRISON, EMORY GORNALL

 

EMORY GORNALL HARRISON  (Deceased)

Inducted:  May 14, 1982 in Lafayette, IN  (Posthumously)       

Date of Birth:  October 17, 1898 in Oxford, IN

High School Attended:  Oxford                    Graduated:  1916

High School Honors:  A small school with no football program; was a member of school’s track and basketball teams.

College Attended:  Purdue University            Graduated:  1921

College Honors:  Played center and guard on varsity football team; was shot-put man for track team; member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Coaching Experience:  Rensselaer HS as assistant varsity football coach 1921-1924, then head varsity coach 1924-1929, with a record of 26-5-2; head football coach at Watseka, IL, and Speedway and Mentone, IN, 1929-1943; also served as Rensselaer HS freshman football, basketball, and varsity track coach 1944-1967.

Coaching Honors:  Had undefeated seasons in 1925 and 1927.

Special Recognition:  In 1965, honored by Indiana State Track Association for more than 30 years of service as track coach; on October 18, 1974, honored with dedication of “Emory G. Harrison Athletic Complex" at Rensselaer, consisting of a football facility, an all-weather track, and a baseball facility.

Family:  Wife, Marjorie (deceased); daughter, Patsy (William); two grandchildren.

Coach Harrison passed away March 1, 1978.