J. RUSSELL "RUSS" KELLER (Deceased)
Inducted: June 23, 1996 in Merrillville, IN (Posthumously)
High School Attended: Thornton Fractional, Calumet City, IL Graduated: 1948
High School Honors: Illinois All-State Football 1947; National Honor Society; captain of football team; outstanding wrestler.
College Attended: Indiana University Graduated: 1953
College Honors: Played football 1 year 1948-1949; President of Board of Governors-Men's Residence Center; graduated Cum Laude HPER-IU; was an outstanding college wrestler for 4 years; served as team captain for winning Little 500 Bicycle Race 1951.
Coaching Experience: Coached junior varsity football at Crown Point HS 1 year; assistant coach Crown Point Elementary School for several years.
Professional Career: Certified as an athletic trainer July 13, 1989, and worked with high school football team until his illness in 1991.
Special Recognition: Wrote the first PE Syllabus for elementary and high school; started a high school club to train teenagers to work with mentally challenged children; began a student athletic trainers program; inducted into Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame posthumously; Crown Point Athletic Center named in his honor by the city of Crown Point; was life-time member of NEA and IHPER and belonged to the Indiana Referee's Association, refereeing wrestling matches at the junior high and high school levels.
Family: Wife, Donna; children, James and Katherine.
Mr. Keller passed away May 21, 1992.