Grove City College inducts BP’s Jewell

Published Jan 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm (Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm)

Richard Jewell will be inducted into the Grove City College athletic Hall of Fame. The 1963 Bethel Park High School graduate led the Wolverines to four Penn-Ohio Conference championships and a 34-8 record in men’s swimming and diving.

After earning runner-up honors as a sophomore in 1965, Jewell captured his first Penn-Ohio diving title the next season. Jewell then closed his collegiate career by successfully defending his Penn-Ohio crown in the Grove City College Pool. He clinched his second straight title with a double twisting somersault on his final dive. Jewell also set a new Penn-Ohio conference record at the 1967 championships.

Jewell’s involvement in diving continued after graduation. While serving in the military, Jewell won the United States Army 1-meter diving championship in 1970. He later served as a diving official for the Pennsylvania state high school championships and the U.S. National Championships. While in law school, Jewell coached diving at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He entered the Grove City’s swimming and diving Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2011, Bethel Park inducted Jewell into its Hall of Fame.

An all-around campus leader, Jewell earned the college’s senior Man of the Year honor in 1967, served as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper (The Collegian) and as student government president. He  served as captain of his team his senior season.

Jewell graduated cum laude from Grove City in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Following his military commitment, he earned his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1973.

Jewell joined the college’s board of trustees in 1974 while also embarking on his distinguished law and business career. He served as an ambassador and student-athlete recruiter for the college for three decades before returning to campus as Grove City College’s eighth President in 2003.

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