College of Health Sciences

West Chester University

Dr. Linda Adams, Dean
Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

2001 Hall of Fame Inductees

Richard Boccelli
Colonel Kim R. Gottshall
The Honorable Curt Weldon
Richard B. Yoder

Richard Boccelli, B.S. '49

  • Athlete, musician, television and film actor
  • Played varsity football and baseball, West Chester University
  • Original drummer with Bill Haley's Comets of Rock Around the Clock fame
  • Performed on Ed Sullivan Show and with such stars as Milton Berle and Sammy Kaye
  • Appeared in "Kojac" on TV and in seven motion pictures
  • Teacher, baseball and football coach, Springfield High School
  • Assisted his blind father with his Blind Artists Concerts Organization
  • Began acting career in 1967, performing in many plays in theaters, including on broadway
  • Member, International Hall of Fame as one of original Comets

Colonel Kim R. Gottshall, B.S. '76

  • Colonel USAR, physical therapist, teacher, author
  • Baylor University M.P.T. degree; San Diego State University, MA degrees, University of California, Ph.D. in School of Medicine
  • Served in U.S. military for 24 years
  • Physical therapist, Department of Defense, Spatial Orientation Center
  • Department of Otolaryngology, Naval Medical Center
  • Certification in athletic training
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine

The Honorable Curt Weldon, B.A. '69

  • Elected to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania for an eighth term in 2000
  • Senior member of the House Armed Services Committee
  • Chairman of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee
  • His "Oceans Agenda" legislation passed the Congress in 1995 increasing funding for oceaenographic research projects
  • Co-authored the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Made improving relations with Russia one of his major efforts in the House
  • Former teacher in Delaware County Schools and a volunteer firefighter
  • Honorary Doctorate in Public Service, West Chester University

The Honorable Richard B. Yoder, B.S. '59

  • Full Professor, WCU Department of Kinesiology; 1962-2000
  • Graduate Coordinator, WCU Master of Science -Sport & Athletic Administration Program, 1992-2000
  • Director of WCU Athletics, 1979-1988
  • Chairman, WCU Athletic Advisory Board, 1983-1988
  • Coordinator, WCU Safety Education, 1972-1987, 1989-2000
  • WCU Offensive Coordinator of Football, 1966-1979
  • WCU Assistant Football Coach, 1962-1979
  • WCU Assistant Track & Field Coach, 1962-1967
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association Council, 1984-1988
  • Eastern College Athletic Conference, Past President, 1988-1989
  • Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, 1979-1988
  • United States Marine Corps, 1959-1965
  • Mayor, Borough of West Chester, Pa. 2002-Present