Eric V. Lortz
Graduation Year: 1968
Induction Year: 2012
Sport (s): Football

Eric V. Lortz ’68, a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, earned a B.A. degree in physical education.

Lortz was a three-year letterman in football from 1966 to 1968. He earned all-Indiana Collegiate Conference honors as a senior quarterback and was named the team’s most valuable player. Co-captain of the 1967 team, Lortz graduated as DePauw’s all-time leader in total offense yards and still ranks 17th.  His 39.9-yard punt average in 1967 still stands as the fifth best season by a DePauw punter. In his senior season, Lortz led DePauw to its first football win over Butler University in 41 years.

After graduating from DePauw, Lortz began his graduate work at Purdue University and earned a M.S. degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He remained active in athletics, coaching football in Scottsburg, Ind., in 1970. Lortz went on to have a 20-year career with General Electric Company, serving his last two years with General Electric’s International Division. Lortz and his family have significant connections with the DePauw community. A total of seven members of his family graduated from DePauw, including his father, George E. Lortz ’34; brothers, Jeffery E. Lortz ’65 and George C. Lortz ’62; sister-in-law, Rebecca Watts Lortz ’63; and nephew Peter H. Lortz ’90. He and his wife, Linda James Lortz ’68, have two children, Ryan and Reid, and are the proud grandparents of Gracy, Alexandra and Will.