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Many years ago Lou Greer ’55 endowed an award for a senior athlete in a varsity sport who highly signifies the Deerfield ethos. Lou specifies that the recipient of the yearly Thomas Spater ’55 Sports Achievement Award “is presented to a senior participant in interscholastic athletics who through perseverance, team spirit and campus citizenship exemplifies the goals of interscholastic athletics and provides a role model for his/her teammates,” characteristics that describe Tom exactly during our years at Deerfield. The winner from the Class of 2013 was Walter Gahagan of Glen Cove, NY, a member of varsity football, JV hockey and varsity lacrosse, a popular choice who received a standing ovation while he proceeded to the stage to receive his trophy. His football coach shared, “Walt has a great attitude and was always game when it came to supporting his teammates or contributing on the field when he had the opportunity. Our class should be proud to sponsor this recognition of the true spirit of competitive athletics.” Our classmate, Tom Spater, passed away on July 8, 1998.