The following documents a list of the UD Hall of Fame Athletes buried here at Calvary along with their birth and death dates, years at UD, induction year, honors and awards and their grave location. UD Hall of Fame Athletes
UD Hall of Famers
Joe McLaughlin first came to UD as Sports Information Director in 1957, having been the sports editor for the Network (New Jersey) Evening News. Almost ten years later, McLaughlin became the Director of General Publicity and Director of Information Services. In 1974, McLaughlin became UD’s first Director of Alumni Relations until 1980. That year he became the Coordinator of Alumni Placement, helping UD grads find jobs throughout the country. He worked until his death in 1983 at the age of 63. McLaughlin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
You can visit his gravesite located at Section 27, Lot 109.
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Information compiled from the UD Archives.
Eddie Kwest is best known at UD for his thirty four years as the athletic trainer from 1954-1986. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, he played football at Washington High School, and then served in the Army during World War II. Kwest began his college career at Indiana University, acting as a student trainer. He eventually transferred to Florida State University, becoming head trainer until his graduation in 1953. In 1988, the Greater Dayton Athletic Trainers Association began awarding a scholarship in his honor to a high school senior entering the athletic training field. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978. Eddie passed away in 1993 at the age of 72.
You can visit his gravesite located at Section 38, Lot 178.
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Information compiled from the Dayton Daily News Archive.
Eddie Hamant played on the first Flyer golf team from 1931-1933. Hamant was the team captain. He remained the team’s best golfer for three straight seasons. In 1933 he won the Ohio Intercollegiate Individual Championship. He finished the year by advancing to match play in the National College Championship. Eddie passed away in 1995 at the age of 85. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. He is also honored in the Dayton Amateur Golf Hall of Fame, which is displayed at Kitty Hawk Golf Course. You can visit
Eddie’s gravesite located in Section 29, lot 188.
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Information compiled from the Dayton Daily News Archives.
Jim Donnelly played football for the Flyers in 1952 but realized that baseball was his passion; so in the same year, he played third base for the Flyers and also led the team in hitting. Donnelly received his first varsity letter and led the team to an 8-0 record. The following season he switched to shortstop and was elected the team captain. In Donnelly’s final season, 1954, he switched back to playing third base. He remained the team captain and also helped coach the Flyers. In that final season he also led the team in hitting for the second time in his career. Donnelly passed away in 1980 at the age of 76.
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You can visit his gravesite located at section 39 Lot 1.
Harry Solimano played basketball at UD but made his mark when he was on the sideline coaching for the Flyers. He played during the 1903-1904 season and came back to coach from 1911-1914 and again for the 1919-1920 season.
His overall coaching career record was 34-14, giving him a .739 winning percentage, which is second best in UD Men’s Basketball history. In 1919 he also coached the football team, earning a record of 2-2.
Harry was inducted into the UD Hall of Fame in 1962. He passed away 10 years later at the age of 83. You can visit Harry’s gravesite located in section 28 Lot 117.
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William “Bill” Blake earned his spot in the Hall of Fame in 1964 after excelling in football, basketball and baseball from 1922-1926 while he was at UD. Bill was voted team captain for the basketball team for three seasons (1923-25) and was the captain of the baseball team for two seasons (1924-25). Although Bill remained busy with athletics he was also a member of the Academic Club, Monogram Club and Engineer’s Club. The following passage is a note written in Bill’s senior yearbook.
“All hail the hero of many a meet on the gridiron, court, and diamond. “Bill” is one of the best examples in the class of what is known as a versatile man. We defy anyone to mention an important activity in which he didn’t have a hand. He was a star in three sports, and in studies and social activities he had his share of honors. With such a record behind him we have no fear that he will fail to make a name for himself in “Philly.” Good luck Bill, and may the god of fortune be ever at your side.”
Bill passed away in 1983 at the age of 80. You can visit Bill’s gravesite located at section 29 Lot 227.
Part of a large athletically gifted family, Dayton native Jerry Westendorf received seven varsity letters in his four years at the University of Dayton playing football, basketball and baseball. He was an end for the football team, guard-forward for the basketball team and an outfielder for the baseball team. His senior year he became the Captain for the football and basketball teams. Jerry was also the president of his senior class, the Monogram Club and the ROTC Officers Club. Jerry had a two-year listing on “Who’s Who of American Universities”. After graduation, Jerry married and he and Pauline had seven children. He became a Certified Public Accountant and served as President of UD’s National Alumni Association. Jerry died in 2011 at the age of 91.
You can visit Jerry’s gravesite located in section 36, Lot 161.
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Information compiled from the UD Archives and the UD Sports Information Directory.
Louis Mahrt spent his years at UD playing football, basketball and baseball. He was most successful on the football field though. He was a four-year starter, earning letters each year. He was a center for the Flyers and started in every game in his four years of playing. When he was a senior he was elected to be one of the team captains. A quote from the Dayton yearbook states, “Without a doubt Lou was the greatest captain a Red and Blue team has ever had and his record of having played in every game during his four years on the squad is an envious and unequalled one. A keen student of the game, cool-headed at all times and one of the best punt returners to grace a Flyer squad for some years past, make his football career at Dayton a history of one outstanding performance after another. This last and baby of the famous Mahrt family will be sorely missed in the ’26 campaign.”
After Louis graduated from UD he was with the Dayton Triangles for two seasons. He was the team’s quarterback in 1926 and in 1927 he was a player-coach. In those two seasons he played and started in 8 of the games.
You can visit Louis’s gravesite located at section 28, Lot 93.
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Information compiled from the UD Sports Information Directory and UD Archives.
Herb Dintaman remained a very busy man in his 36 years at UD. He originally came to UD in 1954 to become an assistant football coach, under coach Hugh Davore. Herb was then the freshman basketball coach from 1956-1963. When he stopped coaching basketball he became the director of intramurals. He remained in that position until 1971 when he became the Director of Facilities at UD Arena. Dintaman finally retired in 1990, 9 years after he was inducted into the hall of fame.
Herb was married to his wife Margaret. They had seven children together, Charles, John, David, Herbert II, Margaret, Betsy, and Linda. They also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Dintaman passed away in 2002 at the age of 83.
You can visit Herb’s gravesite located in section 29, Lot 244.
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Information was compiled from UD Sports Information Directory, UD Archives, and Dayton Daily News Archives