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Joan Benoit Samuelson Inducted into International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame

Story posted July 16, 1999

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin grad and Olympic medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson was among the inaugural group of 20 individuals from eight different countries recently inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame opened last month on the campus of the University of Rhode Island and is a part of the Institute for International Sport.
Benoit Samuelson, Plato and former presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush were among the 20 honored for their achievements in sports and academics and their contributions to society. The inductees were chosen by a panel of more than 2,000 academicians, journalists, representatives of national Olympic organizations and former athletes.
Benoit Samuelson was the winner of the first women’s marathon in the 1984 Summer Olympics after winning the U.S. Olympic marathon trials only 17 days after undergoing knee surgery. She is a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1979; she now lives in Freeport and works as a spokesperson and consultant.
The other inductees were Arthur Ashe, Sir Roger Bannister, Dr. Tenley Albright Blakeley, former Senator Bill Bradley, Dr. James "Doc" Counsilman, Pierre de Coubertin, Anita DeFrantz, Ken Dryden, Bobby Jones, Dr. Donna Lopiano, Yasutaka Matsudaira, Dr. James Naismith, Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Paul Robeson, Dr. Peter Snell and former Supreme Court Justice Byron White.
Plans are to induct about 20 scholar-athletes into the Hall of Fame every two years.

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