April 4, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - Three former student-athletes and a contributor will be inducted into the University of Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame on Monday, April 22. The banquet, which also honors graduating Ute senior athletes, will be held at the Little America Hotel. Tickets are available to the public for $33. Reservations can be made by calling (801) 585-8837. There will be a social hour at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Skier and track athlete John Aalberg, track and basketball competitor Brenda Alcorn, Crimson Club founder John Crawford Jr., and gymnast Missy Marlowe are this year's Hall of Fame inductees.
As a cross country skier for the Utes from 1983-85, Aalberg was twice named All-America. He helped the team win the NCAA Championship in 1984 and nab a second-place finish in 1985. He won the David Novelle Memorial Outstanding Skier Award both years he skied for Utah. Aalberg was also a member of the Utes' cross country team from 1985-87 and earned All-American recognition in cross country in 1986. He is the only Ute to be named All-America in two different sports.
After graduating in 1988 with a degree in computer science, Aalberg continued his athletic career as a member of the U.S. Ski team from 1991-94. During that time he won five national championships and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1992 and 1994.
Aalberg was also responsible for the design of what are widely regarded as the best Nordic competition courses in the world at Soldier Hollow, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Aalberg has served as the Soldier Hollow sport operations director since 1999 and the cross country sport manager and Paralympic nordic director since 1997. John and his wife Kirsten are the parents of a daughter, Anneli.
Alcorn was one of the most talented student-athletes to ever play at the University of Utah. As a high jumper on the Ute track team, she was an All-America in 1989 and 1991 and named all-conference four times. Her career-best jump of 6' 1-1/2" is still the second-best in school history. She was a three-year starter at small forward in basketball and served two years as team captain. Alcorn was named honorable mention all-conference in 1991 and was a two-time Academic All-District selection. She also helped the Utes to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
As a senior in 1991, Alcorn won the Occie Evans Award, given to the outstanding Ute senior woman athlete. She was named the 1991 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Utah and was a top 10 finalist for National Woman of the Year honors. That same year she also received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Alcorn graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1991 with a B.S. degree in meteorology, and holds an M.S. degree in the same discipline.
A native of Oregon City, Ore., Alcorn is currently employed with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center as a Hydrologist. She also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Judge Memorial girls' basketball team. Brenda, and her husband Brett Duval are the parents of twins, Tory and Nicholas.
Crawford could be considered as the father of the Crimson Club. After serving as president of the Bleacher Quarterbacks and later the Bleacher Utes, he was asked by, then U. President Chase Peterson to help reorganize the Utes' athletic booster group. Thus, the Crimson Club was formed in 1984 with Crawford serving as the first chairman.
Among other organizations he has been involved with, Crawford helped form a legal fraternity before graduating from the U. law school in 1949 with his Juris Doctor. During the mid-50s he helped organize the Little League football program in the Salt Lake Valley and also served as a coach in Little League baseball. Concerned about the leadership in the Salt Lake School district, Crawford successfully ran for the school board and served for eight years-including six as president.
Crawford has also been involved with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and the Utah Symphony, to name a few more organizations that have benefitted from his involvement. He was on the Board of Directors of the University of Utah Alumni Association and was named a Distinguished Alumni in 1988. He also served as a member of the Athletic Board.
Crawford spent most of his career working for Mountain Fuel Supply and Questar. He retired in 1983 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Questar Corporation. John and his wife Marilyn are the parents of four children, Kathy, Thomas John, Marylou and Bob.
When it comes to gymnastics, Marlowe has done it all. She spent five years on the U.S. National Team and in 1987 finished second at the U.S. Nationals. At the 1987 Pan American Games, Marlowe finished first on the uneven bars and fourth in the all-around as the U.S. won the Gold Medal. In 1988 she was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team that finished fourth.
After the Olympics, Marlowe enrolled at the University of Utah where she helped the Utes to a pair of NCAA titles in 1990 and 1992 and a second place finish in 1991. At the 1992 NCAA Championships, she set an NCAA record by winning four individual championships in the all-around, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She won 12 All-American awards in all-the second most in NCAA history-and finished her career as the NCAA all-time leader with five championships. She is the only NCAA gymnast to ever score a perfect 10 in all four events.
As a senior Marlowe won the Honda Broderick Cup, given to the nation's top collegiate woman athlete, the Stan Bates Award (the highest award given in the Western Athletic Conference) and was named the Utah Multiple Sclerosis Female Athlete of the Year.
Marlowe earned an exercise and sports science degree from the U. She is currently the head coach at Missy Marlowe's Gymnastics Center. Marlowe is married to former Ute football player Joe Clausi. The couple has a daughter, Milan, and a son, Joseph.