Former Whitman Player Peter Rutledge to be Honored at Tuesday's Game Vs. WWU

News Release Date:
Monday, December 17, 2012

Walla Walla, Wash. – This Tuesday, the Whitman College Men’s Basketball team will take a moment to honor one of their own. The 8:00 pm game against Walla Walla University at Sherwood Athletic Center will be played in honor of former Whitman basketball player Peter Rutledge, who passed away August 20th at the age of 33, after a nine-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. There will be a moment of silence before tip-off, as well as information about Peter’s life available for all fans. Donations will be accepted – all proceeds going to Peter’s wife, Cari and their two young sons, Tyson (age 2) and Luke (age 1).

A member of the graduating class of 2001 at Whitman, Peter was a teammate of both current Whitman Assistant Coach, Matt Airy (‘04), and Walla Walla University Head Coach, Jimmy Hill (‘00), as well as playing for current Assistant Athletics Director and Women’s Golf coach, Skip Molitor. In his senior season, Peter earned All-Northwest Conference Honorable Mention honors, despite battling through a chronic back injury – his effort and performance garnered great respect from his teammates and coaching staff.

After graduating from Whitman, Peter spent two years in the AmeriCorps Athletes in Service program, in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he met his wife, Cari Carter Rutledge. He then earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of California at Berkeley and moved to Rhode Island in 2008 to work at Bryant University as Assistant Director of Peer Tutoring.


Peter was an outstanding high school athlete and student, hailing from Orcas Island, Washington, where he starred as an all-state athlete in both football and basketball for Orcas High School, and was co-valedictorian of his senior class. He went on to play two years of basketball at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington before transferring to Whitman in the fall of 1999.

While admission to Tuesday night’s contest will be offered free of charge, donations will be taken throughout the evening. Fans are encouraged to contribute whatever they can spare, with all proceeds going to support the Rutledge family.