An Olympic skier, a Notre Dame All-American football player, an NBA veteran, and the immediate past president of the Football Writers Association of America will be the newest inductees into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
Del Markham, president of the Utah Chapter of the Old Time Athletes Assocciation, the group that oversees the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, announced this week that Marvin Melville, George Melinkovich, Jeff Judkins and Marion Dunn will be inducted into the Hall in the categories of skiing, football, basketball and sports writing, respectively.All are Utah natives who passed the nomination and voting process conducted by the OTAA.
Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 15, in Salt Lake City at the Red Lion Hotel. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a banquet. The public is welcome. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling Old Time Athletes Secretary-treasurer Larry Palmer at 484-0666.
With the induction of these four individuals, the Utah Sports Hall of Fame's roster increases to 105 names. The Hall was started by the Old Time Athletes in 1970.
Melville becomes the seventh skier to be named to the Hall of Fame. A graduate of Granite High School in Salt Lake, Melville went on to ski for the University of Utah, where he was a three-time NCAA champion in 1959, winning titles in the downhill, slalom and combined events. He was a member of the United States Olympic team in 1956 and a member of the national F.I.S. team in 1960. In 1964 he served as coach of the U.S. Olympic women's ski team and from 1963 through 1966 he coached the women's team at the U. of U.
Melinkovich played football at Notre Dame from 1930 through 1932. As a senior he was named first team All-American as a fullback. A graduate of Tooele High School, where he excelled in all sports, Melinkovich played for legendary Notre Dame coaches Elmer Layden, Knute Rockne and Hunk Anderson. After college, he went into coaching for several years. In 1949 and 1950 he served as head coach at Utah State University.
Judkins becomes the ninth basketball player and/or coach inducted into the Hall of Fame. A graduate of Highland High School in Salt Lake, where he was All-State, Judkins went on to play at the University of Utah and the National Basketball Association. At Utah, he led the Utes in scoring three straight years, 1976 through 1978, winding up with 1,740 points for his career - good for a 16.1 points-per-game career average and the No. 4 position on the alltime Utah career scoring list. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics of the NBA in the second round prior to the 1978-79 season. He played two years for the Celtics, one year for the Utah Jazz, one year for the Detroit Pistons and one year for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 5-year NBA career that ended in 1983. He is currently an assistant basketball coach at the University of Utah.
Dunn is the third sports writer to be named to the Hall of Fame. A native of Bingham, Utah, and a graduate of Bingham High School, Dunn had the distinction of writing for all of the major daily newspapers in Salt Lake City plus the Provo Daily Herald. He wrote for the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Telegram before moving to Provo as sports editor/columnist of the Daily Herald. Now in semi-retirement, Dunn covers golf for the Salt Lake Tribune. In 1989 he served as president of the Football Writers of America.