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SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY Alumnus to lead homecoming parade



Published: Mon, September 24, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



A bust of the honoree will be unveiled at the student center as part of the activities.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Dr. Russell Wright, one of Slippery Rock University's most respected and generous alumni, will serve as grand marshal for the university's traditional homecoming parade this year.

He will be saluted with the unveiling of a bronze bust at the campus fitness center that bears his name.

SRU's alumni house is also named in honor of the 97-year-old Wright.

Homecoming week kicks off Sunday under the theme "Rock and Roll Legends" and will include a week of music, featuring concerts by Nerve Ending and the Buzz Poets. Events culminate with SRU's football team playing Shippensburg University at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

A parade through downtown Slippery Rock will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6.

Susan L. Davis of New Castle is chairwoman of this year's homecoming events.

Unveiling: After the parade, the bronze bust of Wright will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. outside Russell Wright Fitness Center located in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Wright is the author of "One Man's Journey from Slippery Rock" and now lives in Florida. After graduating from SRU in 1923, he attended Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery and served as head of the medical committee for international weightlifters for five Olympics.

He also was team physician to the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team for 18 years and also served as physician for the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons while operating his practice in Detroit.

Other events: An alumni beach party in the SRU Ski Lodge will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 before the football game, and a post-game alumni reception is planned for Wright Alumni House.

Other events include a pep rally, an all-university photo, silent auction and dinners.




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