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AU welcomes three into Athletics Hall of Fame
9/22/09

ALFRED, NY — Alfred University inducted three former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame Saturday evening, Sept. 19. Robinson Lattimer ’83, David O’Brien ’87, and Brooke White ’99 were inducted during a banquet ceremony on campus, held as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Lattimer was an All-American swimmer at AU, earning certification in four individual events from 1981-82. At the 1981 NCAA?Division III championships, he earned All-American honors in the 1,650-yard freestyle (seventh place nationally), the 200-yard butterfly (12th) and the 500-yard freestyle (14th). He earned All-American honors in 1982 after taking ninth in the 1,650 free. He also swam on the 1983 team that went undefeated.

“I’m very honored to be here with all the great athletes that came before me,” Lattimer said. “And I’m honored to be among all the great swimmers that have gone through the AU program.”

He thanked former Saxon swimming and diving coach Mike Schaeberle for bringing him onto the team and “getting me in shape” after Lattimer had transferred to Alfred from West Point.

Lattimer graduated from AU in 1983, with a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering. He is the global business leader for ceramics for Kennametal Inc., a Latrobe, PA-based company that manufactures and sells tooling engineered components and advanced materials used in production processes. He oversees a $40 million dollar business unit that producing a variety of ceramic materials. He and his wife, Annbeth, live in Wilton, CT, with their two children, Timothy and Megan.

O’Brien was a standout member of the men’s track and field team from 1983-87. He holds the school record in the decathlon (6,403 points), which he set during the 1987 outdoor season. In the spring of 1986, he won a New York State championship in the decathlon and went on to compete in that event at the NCAA?Division III outdoor championships, where he placed 12th. He had a combined five top-10 finishes at the state meets in the indoor pentathlon (sixth in 1984, fifth in 1985 and third in 1986) and outdoor decathlon (fourth in 1984, first in 1986).

“It’s truly on honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” O’Brien said, taking time to thank his coach, AU Hall of Famer Cliff Dubreuil, and his teammates.

“Alfred has always been a special place for me and will always hold a special place in my heart,” O’Brien commented, noting that it was at AU that he met his wife, Heather, who was a member of the Saxons’ women’s track and field team.

O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from AU in 1987 and later earned master’s (1990) and PhD (1996) degrees in microbiology-immunology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has held several medical technologist positions and is currently employed in that capacity in the Hermatology-Flow Cytometry Department at ACM-Medical Laboratory in Rochester. He and his wife, Heather, live in Fairport, NY, with their sons, Connor and Joshua.

White was a four-year member of the women’s ski team (1995-98). She earned one Mid-Atlantic Regional individual title (in 1998, when she helped lead AU to the regional team crown) and helped lead AU to two appearances in the United States Collegiate Ski Association National Championships, in 1995 and 1998.

“It is such an honor for me to be here,” White said. “This honor is so special for me. It required years and years of hard work.”

White thanked her coaches at Alfred, Peggy Axtell and Chat Robinson — “This wouldn’t be happening without you,” she said — and also thanked her parents, both AU alumni, for supporting her skiing endeavors, “Without them, I wouldn’t gave skied.”

White earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree, specializing in studio art, photography and printmaking, from AU in 1999. She would go on to earn a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University (2003).
She lives in Oxford, MS, and is a freelance photographer/videographer. Her work has been displayed at exhibitions, festivals and art fairs throughout the United States and around the world. White is also an assistant professor of Imaging Arts at the University of Mississippi.

Each year during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the University honors one or more teams. This year, AU recognized all of its former Alpine ski teams. The AU ski teams have been prominent nationally over the years. The men’s team has competed in the USCSA national championships 12 times and the women’s team eight times.