Hall of Fame
Member Bios 2011
List - Members by Induction
Class - Biographies
Seven teams inducted into the Hall of Fame
The Collingswood Hall of Fame will be enriched by the induction of seven outstanding teams this year.
They will include three more boys’ tennis teams coached by the legendary Chester A. Olinger, whose teams from 1955 to 1963 were tops in South Jersey. These teams start with the 1958 combine, which produced an 18-2 record and lost only to Millville among South Jersey teams. The 1958 team went undefeated in Group 4 play and featured an unbeaten #1 player in Barry Magee.
The 1960 and 1961 tennis teams followed in their footsteps. The 1960 squad tied with Bridgeton for the Group 4 diadem, while the 1961 team went undefeated and sported three unbeaten players in the late Lou Cabnet, his brother Jerry Cabnet and Bob Varnum. These three Colls teams also showed their mettle in Saturday morning competition with the best club teams in the Philadelphia area, the 1961 team winning that league.
The 1949 football team went 7-3 in the first season for Coach Cliff Rubicam, a 1925 graduate. This team continued the previous year’s winning streak, taking it to 17 straight before losing to Central Jersey power Phillipsburg. The ’49 squad also retained the Group 4 championship, going undefeated in league play. It also amassed 271 total points, the most since the 1931 season, led by versatile halfback Ben Addiego.
The 1955 girls’basketball team is honored as champions of the West Jersey Basketball League with an 8-2 record. The team’s high scorer was the late Naomi Leitch.
Likewise, the 1961 baseball team that was coached by the late Ed Kurkian is recognized as tri-champs of the Group 4 League.
Last, but by no means least, is the 1963 field hockey team. The girls, coached by the late Bea Markwick, produced an undefeated season and were champions of the New Jersey Scholastic Field Hockey League. This team scored 64 goals and had only five goals scored against team. Small wonder Coach Markwick called it the “finest team in Collingswood history.”
Bob made his mark in wrestling and tennis at Collingswood High. He also lettered in one year of football and received the Howard T. Irvine Memorial Award in 1980, his senior year.
He earned two letters in wrestling and was a member of a district championship team in 1979. The next year he was a district champ and regional runnerup who qualified for the state tournament.
Bob played four years of tennis and holds the mark for the most career wins in boys’ tennis. He captained the team in his sophomore, junior and senior years and made the 1980 All-South Jersey team. He still lives in Collingswood with his wife and three children.
Bill Hale was a solid tackle on the down years of 1959-1961, but came into his own on Coach Dick Ridinger’s first squad (1962). The Colls went 5-4 that year, which was also the Panthers’ first year in the Colonial Conference. He was one of three Panthers to make the first team All-Colonial Conference team in 1962.
Hale fulfilled a lineman’s dream when he recovered a blocked kick in the end zone in the exciting Audubon game. He won three varsity letters in football and wrestling. In wrestling, he co-captained an undefeated team, was a district champ at 167 pounds and placed second in the regionals. By today’s rules, he would have qualified for the state tournament.
Following service in the Marines, Bill earned a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and wrestled for Penn. He now lives in Maine with his partner and two sons.
Lisa Loeber won a total of eight varsity letters in tennis, basketball and softball for the Panthers. She was a recipient of the Varsity Club Gold Award for the class of 1982.
She was captain and a three-time letterman in softball and counts as her most memorable moment beating Audubon, who was leading the Colonial Conference at the time. Lisa was named to the All-Colonial first team and All-South Jersey squad and was MVP in softball all three years.
She was also an All-Colonial Conference choice in tennis and a key member of the basketball squad. She went on to graduate from LaSalle University with a BA in Criminal Justice.
Dan Schmid is a 1977 graduate who stood out in football, basketball and track during his years at Collingswood High. He earned All-South Jersey Group 3 football honors in his junior and senior years. He also made the All-South Jersey teams chosen by the Inquirer (second team) and Courier-Post (third team).
He was a strong two-way end in Tom Reim’s first year of coaching. In fact, he caught a 20-yard TD pass from Jeff Pedano to help Reim beat his alma mater, Woodbury, that year. Schmid also played on a conference championship basketball team and received All-Conference honorable mention.
Schmid later was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy that played in the 1979 Holiday Bowl and earned a business degree from Rutgers University. He is now engaged to Vicki Burke and serves with the U.S. Department of Defense, fulfilling assignments in the Middle East, Near East, East Asia and Europe.
EILEEN PARKINSON MARTIN
Eileen Parkinson was a star field hockey goalie, who established the South Jersey career record with 34 shutouts in her senior year (1982), when the Colls were Colonial Conference and South Jersey Group 3 champions. She captained that team and received first team All-Conference, All-Group 3 and All-South Jersey honors.
She also earned three letters in lacrosse and played for the state championship team of 1983, which also won the Delaware Valley Lacrosse League. She was second team Delaware Valley Sioux Division.
Eileen went on to play two years of field hockey at Albright College and earned her degree from Glassboro State (Rowan). She is married to classmate Jim Martin and they have a son, Ryan, who was an All-South Jersey pitcher at Cherry Hill East and received a scholarship to Iona. Their 15-year-old daughter, Megan, is an up-and-coming hockey and softball player.
J. PATRICK HILL
Patrick Hill was a track standout who set the school record in the high jump by clearing 6’4” in 1970. A sign in the gym listed the previous record as 6’2 5/8”, but he subsequently found out the school mark was 6’3 1/2” set in 1940 at Madison Square Garden. This gave him the incentive to keep pushing for the school record.
Hill was MVP of the spring track teams in 1969 and ’70 and he earned a total of five letters in winter and spring track. He was also a two-year letterman in football.
He pursued the course of carpentry in the Camden County Vo-Tech Schools’ post-secondary program and is now a foreman in Florida. He and his wife, Eleanor, have a son, Christopher.
Jim Bruno follows in the footsteps of his brother, Steve, a 2008 inductee. Jim lettered in four sports, baseball, football, basketball and wrestling, but his best sport was baseball, in which he lettered for four years.
Among his honors in the diamond sport were All-State third team, All-South Jersey, All-Group 2 and All-Colonial Conference. He was MVP of the Colonial Conference and MVP for the Collingswood Panthers. Under his leadership, the Colls won the Colonial Conference championship in 1987 and defeated nemesis Cherry Hill East in a Diamond Classic tournament game.
Jim holds a B.A. from Rowan University and an M.A. from Seton Hall University. A former Collingswood police officer, he is a homicide detective for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. He and his wife, Colleen, are the parents of Julia, Jimmy and Joseph.
Ed Donohue only spent his senior year (1973) at Collingswood, transferring from Paul VI. But he made the most of it, lettering in cross-country and winter and spring track.
He won the Colonial Conference cross-country title and took first in the South Jersey Meet of Champs. He also was Collingswood cross-country course record-holder at Camden County College. He also placed second in the South Jersey Sectionals and third in the State Meet. He also set the two-mile record for Collingswood in track.
Ed went on to Camden County College and Rowan University. He and his wife, Eva, have three children: Erin, Brian and Eric. His daughter, Erin, made the U.S. Olympic 1500-meter team at the Beijing Olympics.
DIANE COURSEN SPRINGER
Diane starred in lacrosse and field hockey at Collingswood High, and also lettered in basketball. She was the CHS most valuable player for the lacrosse team that won the state championship. In that game, she held one of the top scorers in check as the Colls won, 11-4.
She was an All-South Jersey honoree and was selected to the first team defense in 1979, after being named honorable mention attack the previous year. She co-captained the field hockey team in her senior year, and was named to the second team for both Group 3 and the Colonial Conference.
Diane was honored to play with her sisters, Debbie and Susan. She is married to Carl Springer and has a B.S. degree from Lehigh University.
Maureen earned nine letters in field hockey, basketball and softball She was second in South Jersey hockey scoring and led the Colls in both her junior and senior years. Maureen was named to the All-Colonial Conference and All-Group teams for two years and was selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer first-team as a senior.
She also captained the basketball and softball teams, and was an All-Group softball performer for two years. She was also named MVP of her junior and senior softball teams. Overall, she led Colls teams to four Colonial Conference titles and was selected as the Most Valuable Athlete for the class of 1985,
She is single and has a son, Billy, age 17.
JULIE WILLIAMSON SULLIVAN
Julie received eight letters in field hockey and lacrosse. She was an All-South Jersey and All-State first team choice in hockey and was the Inquirer “South Jersey Player of the Year” and Courier-Post “Offensive Player of the Year” in 1990.
She also was named to the All-South Jersey first team for two years in lacrosse and was an All-Sioux first team selection. She earned both the Howard T. Irvine Award and the Beatrice Markwick Scholarship Award at graduation.
Julie received a scholarship to Syracuse University and was a three-time National All-American, earning first-team honors in both her junior and senior years. She was Big East rookie of the year and played in numerous international and AAU hockey events.
She is now a Health and Physical education teacher at Moorestown Friends. Married to Michael Sullivan, she is the mother of Kiley and Brady.
THERESA MACARO GOSTOVICH
Theresa received a total of ten letters – four in lacrosse and three each in basketball and field hockey. She was a member of the 1986 state championship in basketball team.
Captain of both the hockey and lacrosse teams for two years, Theresa was an All-South Jersey selection for two years each in both sports. In addition, she was selected for the American traveling hockey team for its European tour in 1988.
She has a B.A. degree from Glassboro State College and is married to Steve Gostovich. They have two children, Alexa and Andrew.
JOHN ‘CORPY’ FISHER
Fisher is being honored for his 18 years of service to the Hall of Fame and its Executive Committee, including six years as chairman. He has also compiled the Hall’s twice-annual newsletters.
He is a 1963 graduate of C.H.S. and played the first year (1962-63) Collingswood was in the Colonial Conference, when the Colls won the first league championship under Coach John Smith. He was a solid regular on the team led by Gary Williams and Rick Wright and had the distinction of scoring the tying and winning baskets in a big win over Paulsboro.
Fisher is also a graduate of Rutgers University and retired after teaching 35 years in the Gateway district. He also coached jayvee basketball and girls’ track for the Gators.
He has been a regular fan of Collingswood teams since the day he played in the Biddy Baskeball League.
Paul Ritzinger is being recognized for coaching the freshman track squad from 1964-69, varsity cross-country from 1970-83 and varsity track from 1975-82. He also served as track official from 1982-96, the year he retired as a junior high math teacher and moved to Florida.
He coached three of this year’s inductees, Ed Donohue, Dave Munyon and Pat Hill, among many outstanding runners and athletes. He had a glittering 128-34 record in cross-country, with seasons of 13-1 in 1974; 11-1 in 1976 plus winning the Meet of Champions and South Jersey Group 3 title; and an undefeated season in 1983, when the Colls also won the South Jersey Group 2 Meet and placed fourth in the state.
Ritzinger was chosen South Jersey “Coach of the Year” in 1977, when the Colls were Colonial Conference champions. Collingswood didn’t have the numbers to repeat the same success in track, but Ritzinger managed to get the best out of his material.
Dave Munyon was an outstanding track and cross-country runner from 1971-74 at Collingswood. He was later a standout at Glassboro State College (Rowan University).
He set school records in the mile and two-mile, breaking Ed Donohue’s two-mile mark the only time he ran the event in his senior year. He was also the South Jersey Group 3 mile champion in 1974 and came in second by only a half-second in the State Group 3 run.
Munyon then became an NCAA Division 3 cross-country All-American. He is today a major in the U.S. Army with overseas duty in Hawaii and Panama. He is married to Sharon and they are parents of Samantha (11).
MAJOR GEN. (Ret.) JOHN (JACK) STONER
Recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award is Army Major General (Ret.) John K. (Jack) Stoner, class of 1946. He is perhaps Collingswood High School’s highest military ranking officer in the school’s history.
He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Drexel University and an M.B.A. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business. He distinguished himself in military action in Korea and Vietnam and received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
Gen. Stoner held several military positions in occupied Germany and taught for several years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where, based on his experience with Collingswood High music teacher Bess Huey) he led the West Point Choir.
He served as commander of the Army’s Chemical Warfare School at Edgewood, MD, and retired as commander of the Ft. Monmouth installation here in New Jersey.
A member of the National Honor Society and participant in the Glee Club and A Cappella Choir while a student at Collingswood High, he also earned three varsity letters in swimming. He is a widower with four adult children: Kathryn, Sara, John and Hudson, and lives in Stone Harbor.
Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees
2002 – Bob Scarborough ‘42
2003 – Doris E. Hand ‘35
2004 – William K. Dickey ‘39
2005 – Capt. Robert J. Bloxsom ‘38
2006 – Dr. Ralph S. Skowron ‘47
2007 – Dr. Neil O. Thompson ‘62
2008 – Suzanne Zimmerman Williams ‘58
2009 – E. David Wilson ‘55
2010 – Brian J. McIntyre ‘76