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Clifford E. Horton
Clifford E. Horton

Shelton, Wash.

Inducted: 1974

Director of health and physical education for men at Illinois State from 1923-1961 ... founder of Gamma Phi honorary gymnastics fraternity and the annual summer camp for handicapped children at Lake Bloomington ... charter member of Normal's American Legion Post ... commissioner of the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1950 to 1965 ... originator of the nickname "Redbirds" for Illinois State athletic squads, and coach of all sports at Illinois State for a period in the 1920's ... Horton Field house was named in his honor in 1961...passed away in 1981 at the age of 88.