Athletics: Winter 2019
Author: Athletics
Posted: February 1, 2019

PSU Athletics Hall of FameNew space for the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame

AN EXHIBIT honoring the legacy of more than 100 Portland State teams and individuals now has a permanent home in the remodeled Peter W. Stott Center. The Beetham Family Athletics Hall of Fame is located in the north lobby adjacent to the new Viking Pavilion arena. It is free and open to the public.

The Hall of Fame’s namesake, former PSU football player Dennis Beetham ’64 and his wife, Janet, donated $2 million for the exhibit and for student scholarships in the sciences.

“Janet and I were both the first in our families to attend college, and we understand how challenging it is to go to school while juggling work, family or other commitments,” says Beetham.

While at Portland State College, Beetham played both defensive end and middle linebacker for the Vikings from 1961 through 1963.

After earning degrees at Portland State, Oregon State and the University of Oregon, he founded DB Western, a chemical engineering corporation with locations in North Bend, Oregon, and La Porte, Texas. Janet Beetham attended PSU as an undergraduate, where she met Dennis in a zoology class, and later returned to school at age 45 to earn a bachelor’s in public relations.

THIS PAST Fall, those named to the 2018 Hall of Fame were: the 1987 and 1988 NCAA Division II national runners-up football teams, sprinter Geronne Black ’14, quarterback John Charles ’99, basketball forward Anthony Lackey ’10, volleyball setter Garyn Schlatter ’14, golfer Britney Yada ’13 and alumnus Peter W. Stott for his outstanding contributions to PSU Athletics over the past decades.

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