Neil “Shorty” McMillan, DUS ‘08
Neil “Shorty” McMillan was a huge presence in the athletic world of turn-of-the-last-century Detroit University School. As a quarterback on the football team under legendary Coach Knickerbocker, McMillan pioneered the use of the game-changing forward pass. During his senior year, McMillan led the DUS team to score an incredible 465 points during seven regular season games, giving up a mere 15 opposition points.
On the baseball diamond, McMillan dominated the short stop position, and he shined as left wing on the ice in hockey. At DUS, McMillan served as secretary of the Athletic Association.
At the University of Michigan, McMillan again leveraged his football prowess, and led the 1909 freshman team to an undefeated season, securing his reputation as an exceptional quarterback.
As a sophomore, McMillan started in all six games in the historic undefeated 1910 Wolverine season, playing the most challenging game of the season with a broken shoulder. Fielding H. Yost, then-coach of the Wolverines, said of McMillan, “I never had a man handle the work in that position as well as did McMillan in his first year.”
McMillan started his junior year with gusto, leading the Wolverines to a 4-0 record in the first four games of the season, including a 19-0 shutout against Ohio State. In early November 1911, McMillan suffered a dislocated knee and was forced to relinquish the quarterback spot. In all, McMillan started ten games as quarterback, never losing a game he started.
McMillan also played shortstop for the Literary Baseball Team in 1913, and served as Sergeant At Arms for the Literary Class during the same year. He was also a member of the Alchemist Society.
Jack Foster, DUS ‘48
On and off the field, court, diamond and track, Jack Foster was a true sportsman, a leader in every sense. Enthusiastically, he played baseball and ran track. With power and precision, he played football and basketball.
As captain of the football team, Foster scored an incredible six touchdowns in a single game. He also collaborated as co-captain of the basketball team. He was awarded 14 varsity letters during his time at DUS.
An academic leader, Foster served fellow students as class president all four years, and as president of the Athletic Council during his junior and senior years. He was vice president of the Student Council, and a member of the Cum Laude Society. He received the Sportsmanship Cup and was awarded the George Fink Scholarship. Foster also was awarded the Edsel Ford Scholarship for two years.
Foster matriculated to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and before graduating in 1952, played fullback on Dartmouth’s football team all four years, lettering in his junior and senior years.
After he earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1954, for 10 years Foster served as president at the metal producer Joseph T. Ryerson & Sons, Inc. He served on the boards at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, at Chicago Foundation for Education and at Outward Bound, and he was the recipient of the Boys and Girls Club Support Award.
The 1948 DUS yearbook honored Foster in this way: “Few of us will forget his unselfish and sportsmanlike conduct on the athletic field, nor can we forget his individual playing and inexhaustible spirit and physical resources.”'
Peter Monroe, GPUS ‘61
A staunch advocate for inclusion in athletics, Peter Monroe excelled academically and in several sports while at GPUS. In tennis, he was a four-year Michigan Regional Singles Champion, a three-year Michigan State Singles Champion, and was the Michigan Closed Junior Tennis Champion and played on the Maumee Valley IT All Tournament Team during his senior year. He was ranked sixth and ninth in junior singles by the Western Tennis Association.
In addition to running varsity track during his junior and senior years, Monroe played varsity basketball for three years, achieving the leading scorer during his senior year.
While at GPUS, Monroe served as vice president of his sophomore class, and was Student Council co-president his senior year. For all four years, Monroe participated in Service Club and in band, and was a Terrill Newnan Scholar each year. He was the Trustees Cup winner, the Fletcher Book Award and Willimas Book Award winner, as well as the Magna Cum Laude Latin Award recipient. Monroe graduated summa cum laude and was first in his class.
At Williams College in Massachusetts, Monroe played varsity tennis for four years, achieving No.1 singles during his junior year, during which his team won the New England Intercollegiate Championship. As tennis team captain his senior year, Monroe led the team to second rank in New England. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Moody Award Scholarship to Oxford University in England, where he graduated with a first-class degree.
While at Oxford, Monroe was awarded “blue” for tennis competition against Cambridge University in 1966. At Harvard Law School, Monroe qualified to participate in joint courses with Harvard Business School. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in senior tennis tournaments.
Professionally, Monroe served as CEO of the Resolution Trust Corporations under Presidents Bush and Clinton, as COO of the Federal Housing Authority under HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary Richard Van Dusen.
Monroe worked for George Romney, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld in real estate related capacities, and is Director and Broker with Klein & Heuchan Realtors in Florida and CEO of National Real Estate Ventures, LLC.
“The important thing to me about Grosse Pointe University School is that no student-athlete was ever left behind…anyone who showed potential was allowed and encouraged to excel,” says Monroe.
William Hummel, University Liggett School ‘78
William Hummel ascends the Athletic Hall of Fame as the best University Liggett School football player of the 1970s. Former University Liggett School Athletic Director Bob Wood said Hummel was “arguably the best football player to ever play at the school.” During his senior year, Hummel achieved All Conference, All Metro and All State Linebacker status.
Hummel also participated in varsity wrestling and varsity basketball, and achieved All State in track and field, for which he team captain and MVP in 1976 and 1977. He holds the University Liggett School discus record and Class D 4x100 relay for his first place finish at the state meet. Hummel made the All Time Top Ten list in the 100 yard dash, the 100 meter, and discus.
Recruiters from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Albion College, Eastern Michigan University, Colgate University and Brown University extended invitations to Hummel; he chose University of Virginia, walking on to the team his freshman year and earning a scholarship his second year. He started on the varsity football team all four years, and earned Most Improved Running Back during his third year.
After earning an MBA from University of Pittsburgh, Hummel served as director of marketing for Ferguson Enterprises, and vice president and general manager at Hilti USA. He volunteered for Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity.
As a coach, Hummel was active in youth football, basketball and lacrosse. His son Matt was a Virginia All State Lacrosse Player and State Defensive Player of the Year.
At Liggett, teammates were more than fellow sporting students to William Hummel. They were, and continue to be, friends of the very best kind. “We played together and won (and lost) as a team with fun, friendship and dignity,” he says.Paula Cornwall, University Liggett School 1984
University Liggett School, who played varsity tennis for four years – each year as the No. 1 singles player. She led the team to four consecutive state and regional championships and was Most Valuable Player on the team her senior year. She held state and regional rankings in 1980-84 and qualified for the Western Closed Tournament of Southeast Michigan. She also ran varsity track her sophomore and junior year. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan.
“The tradition of excellence in athletics at University Liggett School really stuck with me and I felt it was important to maintain the high level … I did not want to let the school down.”
- Varsity tennis four years
- Four years as #1 Singles player (plus two more as #1 singles player in Middle School)
- 3 years 1st team All-State girl’s tennis
- Selected to the Prince All-American team, Senior year
- Named to the All-State Academic team
- Michigan State singles champion, Senior Year
- Michigan State singles Finalist, Junior year
- 2 years singles Regional Champion, Junior & Senior year
- 1 year Regional singles Finalist (runner-up), Sophomore year
- Led the team to four consecutive State & Regional Championships
- Most Valuable Player on the Team, Senior Year
- Team finished ranked in the Top 10 in the State for all classes at the end of the season
- Held State & Regional Rankings 1980-84. Qualified for the Western Closed Tournament of Southeast Michigan
- Girl’s Athletic Council Representative, Sophomore Year
- Varsity Track: Sophomore and Junior year
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ’88, BA, History
Professional Career & Volunteerism
Coach, Grosse Pointe South JV tennis team, 2008-present (JV MAC Championship team – 8 years)
Coach, varsity field hockey coach, 2015
Tau Beta Association: Executive Board Member (Secretary & Treasurer); Chair of the Children’s Center Detroit Christmas Gift Program
Toys 4 Tots Host, 2004 – present
University Liggett School Alumni Board Member, 2015