Laurence F. Skelton
Graduation Year: 1960
Induction Year: 2002
Sport (s): Baseball

Larry Skelton came to DePauw from Princeton, Ind. where he was an All-Semi-State basketball player. At DePauw he started for two years at first base on the baseball team and helped lead the Tigers through the NCAA Tournament, where he batted .500. He was a play-making forward for two years on the basketball team. As one of only three seniors on the 1959-60 basketball team, he provided inspiration and stability for a group of young players. His senior year he won the competitive spirit award and the most competitive award, and he was presented the Tucker Memorial Award for athletic leadership. He was also a Rector Scholar. After graduation he worked for Western Electric/AT&T in Minneapolis, and then Omaha, Salt Lake City, Denver, San Francisco and Naperville, Ill. He culminated a 35-year career as operations director of the AT&T Montgomery Works. Larry and his wife, Jane (Indiana University ’60) have four children: Suzanne (Purdue ’93), Matthew ’87, Timothy ’89 and Nancy ’93. Skelton was a community leader, having served on the board of directors of the United Way in Aurora, Ill., and as chair of the 1984 campaign, and on the boards of directors of the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts of America. He was president of the Naperville North High School Booster Club for two years. He was a Little League and Pony League Baseball Manager. He established a scholarship endowment in memory of his parents for college-bound graduates of Princeton High School. He is a member of the board of directors of Donka (a non-profit organization providing computer training to adults with physical and visual disabilities). He also has been a DePauw reunion class agent. Larry and Jane Skelton now divide time between Naperville and Bonita Springs, Fla.