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Athletic Hall of Fame

James S. Armstrong

James S. Armstrong

'54, '65 (Mas)

At Rochester:

  • Three-sport letterman in football, basketball (captain of both), and track and field
  • Played left tackle for the undefeated 1952 football team
  • Set several basketball records, including points in a season and field goal percentage (58.9% in 1952-53 which ranked him second nationally among small college players)
  • Student representative to the Committee on Athletics
  • Held a Welles Prize Scholarship for all four years
  • Elected to Mendicants in his junior year
  • Class Secretary as a senior and a member of Keidaeans


  • Master of Education from Teachers' College, Columbia University
  • Earned a Master's degree in History from Rochester in 1965
  • Ph.D. in history from Wisconsin in 1973
  • He was the University's Assistant Director of Development from 1964-66 and worked as Director of Alumni Relations for 11 years (1976-87)
  • He passed away in 1989
  • The Alumni Association established the James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award in 1990
  • In 1991, he was awarded the 17th Annual Lysle "Spike" Garnish Memorial Citation