Whitman College Athletics Hall of Fame

News release date: August 18, 2003

Raymond Borleske
Bill Martin

Whitman Inducts First Five
into Athletics Hall of Fame

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Five former Whitman College athletes, two of whom later served as long-time coaches at the college, have been elected as the first class of inductees in the Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame.

The inaugural class includes Jerome "Jerry" Hillis, a two-way football star from the late 1950s who three times earned national honors from the Associated Press, and Susan Hubbard Sakimoto, a three-sport athlete who sparked Whitman to a 1988 conference title in women's basketball.

Susan Hubbard Sakimoto

Rounding out the first class of inductees are Raymond V. Borleske and William Martin, two exceptional athletes who competed prior to World War I, and Robert Graham, a world-class sprinter whose bid for a berth at the 1936 Berlin Olympics was derailed by injury.

Of the five, only Sakimoto and Hillis are still living. Hillis is a senior partner in a prominent Seattle, Wash., law firm. Sakimoto, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, lives in Greenbelt, Md.

The Whitman Hall of Fame's Executive Board, comprised of former student-athletes and coaches, selected the first class of inductees, based on nominations submitted during the past year.

Among criteria for induction, primary emphasis is given to contributions to Whitman athletics. Other points of consideration may include contribution to the college as a whole and achievements after graduation.

Whitman, a private, independent liberal arts & sciences college of about 1,400 students, sponsors a total of 16 men's and women's varsity teams. A founding member of the Northwest Conference, Whitman competes as a member of NCAA Division III.

For profiles on the first five members of Whitman's Athletics Hall of Fame, check the links below:

  • Raymond V. Borleske

  • Robert "Bob" Graham

  • Jerome "Jerry" Hillis

  • Charles William "Bill" Martin

  • Susan Hubbard Sakimoto

    CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
    509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu