Brenda Corrie Kuehn
After attending college for one year in her native Dominican Republic, Corrie (now Brenda Corrie Kuehn) enrolled as a sophomore at Wake forest and earned All-ACC accolades two consecutive years. Corrie then turned in her finest year as a Deacon as a senior, winning two regular-season tournament individual titles and leading Wake Forest to the 1986 ACC Championship as medalist. She posted a 10-under 212, the lowest total in the nine-year history of the event at the time. Corrie capped the spring of 1986 by making her third appearance in the NCAA Championships and earning first-team All-America honors.
If her golf career had ended at that point, Corrie would have already deserved her place among the top women's athletes in Wake forest history. However, she has expanded her impact on the game since her graduation from WFU to worldly proportions.
Corrie embarked on a professional career and won her first tournament in 1988, taking the Futures Golf Tour's Chattanooga Classic. She chipped in twice and fired a final-round 66 to win the title.
She later regained her amateur status and became one of the premier players in the United States. Highlights include her participation on the 1996 U.S. World Cup Team and two selections to the Curtis Cup squad. Corrie went 4-0 and scored the winning points in the U.S. victory in 1998, its first in eight years.
Her amateur career has included qualifying for nine U.S. Opens and 13 U.S. Amateurs. She competed in the 2001 U.S. Women's Open while eight months pregnant.
Corrie-Kuehn was the second person from Wake Forest to be inducted into the NGCA Hall of Fame and the first as a player. The other member is current head coach Dianne Dailey, who was inducted in 2001 as a coach
She was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on January 30, 1999. She was elected to the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 2002, she was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team.
Dowda was a running back for the Demon Deacons from 1945 to 1948. Born in Atlanta, Dowda served in World War II as a paratrooper with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, making two jumps during the Battle of the Bulge. While in the service, he also played football, and that led to his acceptance of a scholarship to play football at Wake Forest after his discharge.
While at Wake Forest, Dowda played right halfback and defensive back, helping lead the Deacons to the Dixie Bowl following the 1948 season. Known as "Big Stick From Hickory," Dowda served as Wake's captain in 1948.
Drafted by the Redskins in 1949, he was a starting defensive back for Washington for five years before being traded to the Eagles. Dowda played for the Eagles in 1954-55 before a knee injury ended his career. He finished with 16 career interceptions.
After one season as an assistant coach at George Washington University, Dowda was invited by former teammate Ed Hoey to join him as a business associate with Fair Lane Bowling, Inc. He spent three decades with that company, supervising its growth and development throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Dowda was born Dec. 29, 1922 and passed away on June 24, 1996 at his vacation home in Wintergreen, Va., of a heart attack.
Dr. Jack Sawyer
In 1988, upon his retirement from the University as a professor of mathematics, Dr. Sawyer was recognized as one of the premier athletic administrators in the country in that very role which he had known so little about 28 years earlier. Through his service to Wake Forest in that capacity, to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which he four times served as president, and to the NCAA through his membership and leadership of numerous high-profile committees, Sawyer gained the respect of his fellow-administrators in both the athletic and academic realms.
Though matters of conference and national consequence were of high importance to him, Dr. Sawyer was first and foremost a Wake Forester. A native of Raleigh, he earned both an undergraduate and master's degree from Wake Forest College before going to receive a doctorate from the University of Missouri in 1951. Six years later, he returned to his alma mater as a faculty member in mathematics. His impact in that area has been significant as well. He spearheaded the drive to purchase the college's first computer and established the computer science program, in which he taught for many years.
His administrative and academic responsibilities never prevented Dr. Sawyer from supporting intercollegiate athletics. One of his early "duties" involved playing the organ at Demon Deacon basketball games in old Memorial Coliseum.
Dr. Jack Sawyer's musical abilities, while noteworthy, are just a very small part of his place in Wake Forest history. It is his countless hours of devotion and service to this University and its athletic program in particular that will forever be remembered through his induction into the WFU Sports Hall of Fame.
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