KOPCHA, DR. JOSEPH E.

DR. JOSEPH E. KOPCHA (Deceased)

Inducted: June 28, 1977 in Bloomington, IN

Date of Birth: December 23, 1905 in Whiting, IN

High School Attended: Whiting                      Graduated: 1924

High School Honors: Lettered in football, basketball, track, swimming, and baseball.

College Attended: University of Chattanooga, TN     Graduated: 1929
                          Rush Medical College                          1934

College Honors: All-Southern Tackle 3 years; All-American Honorable Mention 3 years; Blue Key; Templeton Trophy 1929 for best all-around athlete; Most Valuable Player Award 1929 S.I.A.A.; received 3 letters each in football, track, and basketball.

Professional Athletic Background: Played professional football with Chicago Bears 1929-1935; played one year with Detroit Lions.

Professional Athletic Honors: All-Pro Guard 4 years in 1930’s; inducted into Chicago Bears Hall of Fame.

Special Recognition: Awarded the Most Distinguished Alumnus of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1973; honored at University of Chattanooga with the Outstanding Alumnus Award 1969; member of F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., Fellows Sports Medicine; served 4 years as Lt. Colonel in Air Force in South Pacific; coached football in Brisbane, Australia, 1944; served as a physician and surgeon in Hobart, IN; enjoyed theater and had roles in productions by the Theater Art Guild and Gary Players.

Family: Wife, Bernardine; children, Maryel, Joseph, Jr., Michelle, and Edward.

Dr. Kopcha passed away August 3, 1986.