EMU Regents approve naming of Dean L. Rockwell Wrestling Facility
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the naming of Gymnasium A in the Warner Building, the “Dean L. Rockwell Wrestling Facility,” at its regular meeting Jan. 17.
“Dean was a long-time donor to athletics and the College of Education at EMU,” said Tom Stevick, vice president of advancement and executive director of the EMU Foundation. Rockwell died in 2005 at the age of 93. Upon his death, Rockwell left significant funds to the University to renovate the wrestling facilities. His family and friends donated additional funds and the renovation was completed in December 2005. The total cost of the renovation was paid by private support.
Rockwell graduated from EMU, then Michigan State Normal College, in 1935. While at MSNC, he competed in football, track and wrestling and was president of Phi Sigma Epsilon and the Men’s Union.
After graduation, he taught and coached various sports at three Michigan high schools. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. During D-Day, Rockwell successfully led a group of soldiers in the Normandy invasion, earning both American and French awards for valor. After the war, he went back to coaching and led the Greco-Roman wrestling team in the 1964 Olympics.
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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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