Robert P. Godwin
Graduation Year: 1959
Induction Year: 1993
Sport (s): Football, Wrestling

Bob Godwin earned varsity letters in football and wrestling while at DePauw. As a wrestler, he was undefeated over his two seasons of competition which also were the first two for the sport on campus. A captain of the 1958-59 wrestling team, Godwin also was the first Little State champion in the 167-pound class and competed in the NCAA Championships where he lost to the national runner-up. The Tigers finished the season with a 10-0 record. As a senior on the football team, he led the squad in pass receiving. Godwin was also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Little 500 team which won the first four races. Upon graduation, Godwin earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, Godwin also competed on the school's outstanding rugby club. From 1966-68 he served a Postdoctoral Volkswagen Fellowship in Hamburg, Germany, before joining the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1968. A leader in the field of nuclear physics, Godwin coordinated the design and analysis for underground nuclear tests and the program direction of Strategic Defense Initiative research. In 1976-77 he received a Fulbright Travel Grant to Germany and received the DOE Nuclear Weapons Program Award of Excellence in 1986 and 1992. Godwin has also served as a patroller on the Los Alamos Ski Patrol which is part of the National Ski Patrol System and is the largest totally volunteer patrol in the Rocky Mountains. He has received several awards for life-saving as part of this patrol and has served as its director.