COMBS, DOCTOR BILL

DOCTOR BILL COMBS  (Deceased)

Inducted:  April 30, 1977 in South Bend, IN

Date of Birth:  June 29, 1920 in Holder, IL

High School Attended:  Lowell, IN                 Graduated:  1938

High School Honors:  Played 4 years football and basketball; basketball and football captain 1938; honor student and number one in graduating class.

College Attended:  Purdue University            Graduated:  1942
                           Marquette University Medical School     1946

College Honors:  Distinguished student throughout college; received Iron Key and Gimlet; 3-year varsity football end; Chicago Tribune nominee MVP 1941; member Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at PU; member Phi Chi Medical Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Fraternity Honorary at MU.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played with Philadelphia Eagles 1942; was able to play football at Marquette in 1943 following year in pros since most eligibility rules were suspended during years of WW II.

Coaching Experience: While in private medical practice in Lowell, IN, served as team physician and assistant football coach.

Special Recognition: As Purdue's team physician, served as a consultant for many high schools in area of athletic injuries and related areas; served as team physician for 1958 Pan American Games in Chicago; participated on many national committees that influenced equipment standards of safety and rule changes for secondary and college; received Sports Illustrated Anniversary All-American Award 1966; member of AMA National and State Operating Committee for Standards in Athletic Equipment (Board of Directors); American College of Sports Medicine Association; Joint Commission on Competitive Safeguard and Medical Aspects of Sports; advisor National Athletic Injury Report System; honorary member of National Athletic Trainers Association; representative to NCAA American Society of Test Material; served in US Navy during WW II; inducted into Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame 1997.

Family: Wife, Sally Belle; children, Sally Jeanne and Paul; 4 grandchildren.

Dr. Combs passed away October 27, 1998.