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Athletic Hall of Fame

John M. Keil

John M. Keil


At Rochester:

  • When he arrived at the University, he ran the 60, 100, 220, and 440-yard relay on the freshman track team
  • Undefeated in 16 straight races in the 100 and 220
  • Ran varsity track as a sophomore and won the Rosenberg Cup as the outstanding sprinter of the year
  • Played two years of varsity soccer, starting every game at right wing
  • Scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Colgate
  • Called into the Army Air Corps, which put an early end to his intercollegiate career


  • After the war, he coached and refereed high school soccer for one season
  • In the Air Corps, he ran in a sprint relay that set a regional record
  • Returned to running in the early 1950s and still runs 10-20 miles a week
  • Has run in 5k and 7½ mile road races and won his age group in each
  • Plays tennis three times a week
  • Has spent his professional life in advertising-traveling around the globe seeing clients, making presentations and shooting commercials
  • Developed the character of, and serves as the voice for, McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Currently an artist