L. William Rill ’59 Inducted 1988
Baseball and Football
Bill Rill holds a distinctive mark in Gustavus athletic history. He is the first person to enter the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame twice. Bill was elected in 1986, but because of scheduling conflicts, he has not been able to accept his honor in person until now. Bill distinguished himself during three years of varsity service in both football and baseball, where he played catcher. It was football, where he played center, that gave him his greatest glory.
During his senior year in 1958, Bill helped lead the Gusties to an 8-0 record, the MIAC championship, and a spot in the NAIA national playoffs. His individual performance that year led to his selection as an all-conference player and an NAIA and Swiggum Lutheran All-American. In addition, Bill received the Dick Paulson Award in 1958 and 1959 as the Gustie football team's most valuable player.
Since his years in Minnesota, Bill and his wife Avis have moved to Port Orchard, WA, where he owns the Pendleton-Gilchrist Funeral Home and is secretary/treasurer of Washington Funeral Services, Inc. The Rills have two children, Mark and David.