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
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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.
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
Many consider Al Mahrt one of the greatest athletes Dayton has ever produced. Mahrt played baseball and football at St. Mary’s Institute, which is now the University of Dayton. He was there from 1909-1912. He was the catcher for the baseball team and the quarterback on the football team. Mahrt was the captain of the football team in the 1911 and 1912 seasons. He served in WW1 in 1918 for two years.
After his time at UD he played for the Dayton Triangles, again in the quarterback position. He was also the captain for that team. The Dayton Triangles was part of the AFPA (American Football Professional Association) before the NFL began. In 1920 he led the AFPA in passing yards and completions, completing 28 passes for 591 yards. He was also elected to the All-Pro Second team that year. The following year he was second in the league for passing yards and completions, again completing 28 passes for 452 yards. He retired from the Triangles in 1922.
Early on, Mahrt worked at Dayton Brewing Co, Dayton Metal Products, and Smart Co. He then worked with Mead Corporation for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1959. When he retired he was the Vice President of the corporation.
He was inducted into the UD Hall of Fame in 1962. Mahrt passed away in 1970 at the age of 77.
You can visit Mahrt’s gravesite located in section 29, Lot 38.
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Information compiled from UD Sports Information Directory, Dayton Daily News, UD Archives, http://www.daytontriangles.com/recognition.htm, http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/12-01-392.pdf, http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/06-03-179.pdf, and http://www.daytonareasportshistory.org/football
Lou Tschudi made his mark at UD in the athletic world for 14 years. He came to UD in 1932 and began playing football, basketball, and baseball. By his junior year he became the freshman football coach and his senior year he became the basketball coach, passed down from Harry Baujan. That year he led the Flyers to a 9-7 record and was 4-0 in the Ohio conference. That was the team’s first winning season since the 1927-1928 season. In all of his years of coaching at UD he had a 42% winning percentage.
Lou stayed at UD for 10 years after he graduated to coach. After he left UD he joined the Air Force and retired in 1966. He retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Lou passed away in March 1975 of cancer.
You can visit Lou’s gravesite located at section 28, Lot 117.
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Information was compiled from UD archives, Dayton Daily News archives, and Roesch Library.