ABOUT US

  HALL OF FAMERS

  DICK KADIS AWARD

  OTHER HONORS

  BANQUET INFO

  PAST BANQUETS

  PLAQUE DIRECTORY

  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  RANDOM INDUCTEE

  WEBSITE CREDITS

  SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Dr. W. Clair Merriman

All Around ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Many former athletes drift away from the sites of their glory, by Dr W Clair Merriman still lived near Beaver Falls High School and Geneva College more than sixty years after he starred as a student-athlete there. Clair and his wife donated the Merriman Athletic Complex to Geneva College, and the fields were located on the site of the old Armstrong Cork Company Plant. Although he specialized in track, Clair was also an outstanding football and basketball player in high school and a basketball star in college. He led the Beaver Falls Tigers to the WPIAL basketball semifinals during his senior year in 1924 and also won All County football honors twice. But track was his favorite sport, and Clair set county and WPIAL records in both the shot put and discus events in 1924. He then lettered in football and track at Mercersberg Academy, where a serious knee injury ended his football career. Clair was a four year basketball starter at Geneva and was named All Conference twice. He won four letters in track as Genevaís field star in shot put, discus, high jump, and javelin. Clair was an active in swimming and is the only Beaver Countian to hold a masterís swimming certificate from the Pittsburgh Natatorium. The retired pediatrician practiced his profession for 43 years and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps during World War II. He remained active in community affairs and was a prominent benefactor of local libraries. His many honors include Genevaís Distinguished Service Ward and Life G.