Alumni, current and former faculty, and friends gathered September 13 for the annual De Smet Jesuit Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. The De Smet Jesuit Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for personal achievements and contributions, including service to or support of De Smet Jesuit, and demonstration of the highest principles of integrity and honesty in keeping with the De Smet Jesuit mission to form men for and with others.
The 2018 inductees were Brigadier General Calvert L. Worth Jr. ’84, USMC, and Mr. Dale Burgman, former faculty member and varsity head basketball coach.
Tim Thompson ’84 offered introduced his classmate and childhood friend, Cal Worth. “This is a fitting honor for Cal, whose example reminds us that character is about what you do when no one is looking.” He read messages from friends and family, concluding, “You are loved beyond measure.”
“I hope I do you honor every day by being a man of De Smet,” General Worth said in his acceptance remarks. During his distinguished 27-year career as a Marine Corps officer, General Worth has led combat operations, trained and recruited officers, and assisted the Department of Defense Executive Secretary. For his complete bio, click here. (https://www.2ndmardiv.marines.mil/Leaders/Biography/Article/516097/colonel-calvert-worth/)
Coach Dale Burgman, who spent 27 years as a teacher at De Smet, including 16 as head varsity basketball coach, was introduced by former faculty member Ken Luecke. “A gift that you shared with us, Dale, is how to live a balanced life of family and passion for coaching,” he said.
Mr. Luecke shared the podium with three guest speakers: former Burgman players Tim Stack ’82 and Mike Fleming ’97, and Coach Burgman’s longtime friend and colleague, Coach Greg Vitello.
“I am humbled, honored, thankful, and proud,” Coach Burgman said, adding, “I hope I made the guys who played for me better men.” Among his many successes at the helm of the basketball program was a state championship in 1982 and a 367-111 record.
Hall of Fame members are chosen by vote of an alumni committee. The first induction dinner took place in 1998, and the Hall of Fame currently has 45 members.