Donald Shockey '63
Dr. Don Shockey holds the distinction of being the first Grove
City College student-athlete to earn the College's Sportsman of the Year and
Senior Man of the Year award when he earned both honors in 1963.
Shockey excelled in the middle distance events for the track and field team, earning four letters from 1960 to 1963. He also earned three letters as a defensive back and kick returner for the football team and captained both teams as a senior.
Shockey captured West Penn Conference titles in the 880 in 1962 and 1963 and set a new school record of 1:57.2 in the 880 as a senior. He also contributed to school records in the mile relay (3:27.5) and the 880 relay (1:34.1) during his career. Over his last three seasons, Shockey helped the Wolverine thinclads win 13 straight conference meets. The 1963 squad went undefeated and won the West Penn Conference title.
A graduate of Washington Township High near Apollo, Pa., Shockey highlighted his football career by returning a kickoff 90 yards for a go-ahead touchdown against Alfred in 1961. In addition to his work on defense, Shockey also saw time on offense at halfback. Grove City compiled a 6-3 mark in his senior year, the team's highest win total in 13 years.
Shockey served as president of the Varsity G club as well as vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1963 and then added a master's in metallurgy and materials science in 1965 at Carnegie Mellon. Three years later, he completed his doctorate in metallurgy and materials science at CMU.
He joined SRI International, a research institute in Menlo Park, Calif., in 1971. He founded SRIís Center for Fracture Physics and remains the Centerís director. In 2010, the College honored Shockey with its Jack Kennedy Alumni Achievement Award.