1990 NCAA Honor Roll
Program recognizes past and present athletes
Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th president
of the United States, six former and
six recent student-athletes, were
honored at the NCAA honors dinner held in
Dallas during the Association's 1990 Convention.
Reagan received the Theodore Roosevelt
Award, the highest honor the NCAA can
confer on an individual. It is named for the
26th president of the United States, who
played a key role in organizing the NCAA.
The "Teddy" is presented annually to a
distinguished citizen of national prominence, who, having earned a varsity athletic
award in college, has exemplified the ideals
and purposes of college athletics by a continuing interest and concern for physical fitness and sport.
Reagan, a 1932 graduate of Eureka College, worked briefly as a sports broadcaster
before pursuing a career in motion pictures.
His film career, interrupted by three years
of military service during World War II, included 53 feature-length motion pictures.
He worked in television in the 1950s and
from 1964 to 1965, he was host of the television series "Death Valley Days."
Reagan began his public-service career in
1966, as governor of California. After completing his second term as governor, he began a nationally syndicated radio commentary program and newspaper column and
undertook an extensive speaking schedule.
In 1976, he was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Reagan
won the Republican presidential nomination
in July, 1980, and was elected to office the
following November. He was sworn in as
the 40th President of the United States on
January 20, 1981, and served two terms.
Silver Anniversary Honorees
The Silver Anniversary awards honor
former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing college athletics careers 25 years ago.
Dr. Donald E. Baxter was a four-year
starter on the Mercer basketball team and
was a Rhodes Scholar finalist.
Dr. Baxter has been director of the Foot
and Ankle Fellowship at the University of
Texas Medical School in Houston since
1982 and has been an orthopedic foot and
ankle surgeon at the clinic since 1974. He is
Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United
States, accepts the 1990 NCAA "Teddy"
Award during the Association's January
Convention in Dallas.
the physician for the University of Houston
track team and the Houston Ballet Company. He also has worked with Houston Baptist's athletics teams and the Houston
Aeros, Houston Rockets and Houston Oilers.
Army's Paul W. Bucha was a three-year
letter winner in swimming and team captain. He earned all-America honors in 1964
and 1965 as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team. He set an NCAA freshman
record in the 200-yard individual medley.
Bucha, a captain in Vietnam in 1967 and
1968, has been active in many veterans'
groups, including the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Committee. He received the
Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 and
was the recipient of an NCAA special tribute in 1971. Currently, Bucha is a real estate developer in New York and a director
of the Vietnam Veterans Theatre Ensemble
Dick Butkus was a two-time consensus
all-America linebacker at Illinois and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting
in 1964. That same year, he was named the
player of the year by the American Football
Coaches Association. He played professional football for the Chicago Bears from
1965-73 and was selected to the Pro Bowl
eight times. He was named to the 1960s all-
decade team and was voted pro football's
greatest linebacker by the fans.
An actor and sports commentator since
1973, he is a regular on "NFL Today" on
CBS. He attends numerous charitable functions each year.
An all-conference selection and team co-
captain in football at Cincinnati, Brigman
Owens started a Big Brothers program on
campus and raised four youths to adulthood. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1965 and played for the Washington
Redskins from 1966-1977, setting a team
record for career interceptions.
The 1990 NCAA Silver Anniversary winners are (l-r): Dr. Donald Baxter, Roger Staubach, Dick
Butkus, "Teddy" recipient Ronald Reagan, Brigman Owens, Dr. Arthur "Archie" Roberts and