Dr. Francis Stroup, Dr. J. Hubert Dunn
Dr. Francis Stroup was a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education who retired from NIU in 1974. Dr. Stroup enjoyed a teaching career that lasted forty-five years which included time as a public school teacher and a professor at the University of Wyoming, Southern (Arkansas) State College, and NIU. While at Southern State, he directed studies funded by the Ford Foundation and by the U.S. Department of Education. He is the author of two books and wrote a number of articles for professional journals. At NIU, he directed the Department of Graduate Program for a number of years. His areas of specialization were Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation, and Research Methods. Outside of work, he enjoyed song writing, with a particular interest in college songs. Dr. Stroup wrote the Huskie fight song. He was NIU’s first swimming coach, and his team won two Conference championships. They are in the Athletic Hall of Fame at both North Texas and NIU. Dr. Hubert Dunn was also a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education until his retirement in 1986. He was a physical education teacher and gymnastics coach at Washington State University for fifteen years until he joined the NIU faculty in 1962. He is a World War II veteran who participated in the D-Day invasions of Northern France (Normandy). His areas of teaching included Kinesiology, Methods of Research, and Gymnastics. He was the first member of the College of Education to receive the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. During his years at NIU, he was also Director of the Graduate Program and Executive Secretary of the University Council for two consecutive terms. Dr. Dunn has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, three of which are: USA Gymnastics, Washington State University Athletics, and Northern Illinois University Athletics.