HANOVER, Ind. – As part of our look back into 50 Years of Hanover College Women's athletics we take a moment to highlight Hall of Fame inductee, Eleanore Watts Moyer (1942).
Moyer came to Hanover in the fall of 1938 but was no stranger to the Hanover College community. She grew up on the Hanover College campus, the daughter of a College employee. She attended Hanover High School before enrolling as a student at Hanover College where she competed in seven sports: basketball, hockey, softball, speedball, soccer, track, and volleyball.
During her four years as a student-athlete, her only competition was between teams representing classes or sororities as there were no intercollegiate athletics or varsity teams.
Moyer was also an active member of Phi Mu, sang in the Glee Club, and was elected to Gamma Sigma Pi and Alpha Phi Gamma honoraries.
She graduated from Hanover College in 1942 with a mathematics degree and was the first non-physical education major to earn the Women's Athletic Association Plaque. Eleanore and her husband Bill, lived in various places including Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, and New York while raising a family.
Eleanore worked as an accountant for DuPont during World War II, before landing a career with the Navy as an IBM operator and programmer.
The Moyers returned to Hanover in 1983, when Eleanore began volunteering in the Hanover Office of Alumni Relations, volunteering her time for nearly 20-years. She was presented with Hanover's Alumni Achievement Award in 1988 before becoming the namesake of an award to recognize individuals who go above and beyond to help others.
She was inducted into the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.