Robert R. Torkelson
Graduation Year: 1982
Induction Year: 1999
Sport (s): Football

Bob Torkelson played both ways on his Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) High School team; earning all-area honors as well as being selected MVP.  He entered DePauw in 1978 where he pursued a major in Economics.  He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.  He started as linebacker his freshman year and played in each of the 39 games of varsity eligibility.  His coach, Nick Mourouzis, describes him as a “very tough linebacker and a great leader.  He was a coach on the field for our team.”  He was selected most valuable defensive player his sophomore year.  Torkelson played a large part in turning around a floundering football program.  The tigers finished the 1981 season 9-1, bringing back the Monon Bell for the first time in a number of years and were ranked 9th in the final NCAA Division III poll.  This record was the most wins in DePauw’s history to that point.  He joined the E&J Gallo Winery upon graduation and has been in the wine business ever since.  He is currently the vice president of sales for the Sutter Home Winery.