Soccer Co-Founder Ray Farmer Honored at Homecoming

746-msoc-11hcTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's soccer team honored program co-founders Ray Farmer, Bob Froetscher and Blair Hughes during the annual Alumni Game at Homecoming on Sept. 24.

Farmer, Froetscher and Hughes made a detailed proposal to then President Samuel Hulbert to justify why soccer should be Rose-Hulman's next sport.  President Hulbert approved the request, and the men's soccer program completed its inaugural season in 1978.

Farmer previously lobbied the Student Government Association to create soccer as a club sport, prior to the establishment of Rose-Hulman's varsity team.  While competing as a club sport, Farmer served as the team's player-coach.

Farmer's teammates, Froetscher and Hughes, formed the Ray Farmer Memorial Endowed Scholarship two years ago following his passing in 2009.  A deserving Rose-Hulman student will receive financial aid funds due to these fund raising efforts.  The first recipient of the scholarship was Marissa Artmayer, a sophomore chemical engineering major from Cincinnati, Ohio, who met the Farmer family during the Alumni game. 

Members of the Farmer family joined Mr. Froetscher in attendance at the Alumni game.  For details or to make your contributions toward the Ray Farmer Memorial Scholarship, please contact Scott Williams in the Rose-Hulman Institutional Advancement Office.