A three-sport standout for Bluffton in the early 1960s, Dennis Bishop ’63 entered the Athletics Hall of Fame with an impressive list of credentials.
A four-year track performer, Bishop was a member of the mile relay squad that turned in a 3:27.7 effort his junior year, good for a Bluffton and Mid-Ohio League record that stood until 1969. Joining him on that record-setting relay were Terry Marshall ’64, Dale Schiffke ’64 and fellow 2000 Hall of Fame inductee Larry Copeland ’65. Individually, Bishop won or placed high in nearly every 880-yard race he entered for four years, and also turned in impressive times in the 440-yard dash.
On the football field, he was a member of two MOL championship teams coached by Ken Mast. A valuable weapon at both offensive and defensive end, he averaged 25 yards per catch as a senior as the Beavers turned in a 7-2 campaign for the league title. Bishop also lettered two years in basketball and was among the team leaders in rebounds.
Bishop received the A.C. Burcky Award as a senior and graduated with a degree in biology. He taught at Liberty Center and Findlay high schools and at Hagerstown (Md.) Junior College before founding a real estate management company in Findlay. He went on to become part owner of a plastics company and a farmer.
In 1996, Bishop became involved with Global Resources Foundation, which led him to aid Christian farmers and business people in the Ukraine. He has also teamed with The CoMission, which reaches out to the educational system in Russia.