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New England Hall of Fame calls for six

April 3, 2008 05:51 PM

Westboro, Mass. – USTA New England will welcome six new members to its Hall of Fame this summer with a ceremony at the International Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2007 includes Olivia "Lee" Delfausse, Judy Dixon, Richard "Dick" Morse, Samuel V. Schoonmaker III, Ralph E. Stuart Jr. and the late Gerald Slobin.

The induction will take place in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, June 21.


Delfausse has enjoyed a stellar career as a both a player and a coach. She is a past president of USTA New England – New Hampshire and a former director of the New Hampshire Jr. Team tennis Championships. On the court, Delfausse has earned top rankings in singles, doubles and mother-daughter divisions.

Judy Dixon, the current women’s tennis coach at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, has been a member of the Addie Cup team and the National Intersectional Team. Dixon, a native of Montclair, N.J., played doubles alongside Billie Jean King on two separate occasions as a teenager.

Morse, of Hingham, Mass., has left a mark on the New England tennis scene both on and off the court. Nationally-ranked in both singles and doubles during his playing career, Morse has also served on the Players Committee, was a nine-time captain of the Atlantic Coast 65 and 75 teams and was a seeding chairman for 18 years. Schoonmaker, who played on the Yale University tennis team, was president of the New England Lawn Tennis Association from 1977-1979 and received the Gardner Ward Chase Memorial Award in 1976.

Stuart, of Brookline, Mass., is part of a short list of players who have enjoyed top-2 rankings in four consecutive decades. Stuart was No. 2 in New England’s 18-and-under group in 1952. In 1969, he was No. 2 in the junior veterans category. In 1975, Stuart soared to the No. 1 spot in the 45s. Stuart was the second-ranked player in the 50s division in 1986.

The late Gerald Slobin of Bloomfield, Conn. was a talented all-around athlete, starring as a quarterback on his high school football team and as a guard on the basketball team. Slobin’s tennis prowess earned him an athletic scholarship to the University of Miami. At Miami, Slobin put together an astounding resume for a national powerhouse. In Slobin’s four years in Coral Gables, Fla., Miami lost just one match as a team. He was the lone freshman on the 1951 unbeaten national championship team and captained the college team as both a junior and a senior. Slobin served in the U.S. Army after college, playing tennis for the USA Armed Services Tennis Team. IN 1954, Slobin played in the U.S. Open at Forest Hills.

The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.