Hall of Fame

Diana Edge Dowling

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Hall of Fame

Harvard Athletic Achievements

The fifth woman in Ivy League history to earn All-Ivy honors all four years of her career, Diana was also a four-time All-American from 1984-88. In 1988, she became the Intercollegiate Individual Squash Champion, the WISA Champion, and the recipient of the HRFWA and Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Award. She was a four-time Women's Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association Coaches' All-American and led the Crimson to National Championships in 1985, 1987, and 1988. Diana won the Betty Richey Award for "excellence in squash, sportsmanship and contribution to the game" at the Team National Champions tournament for the Howe Cup.

Hall of Fame

Remembering Harvard Athletics

I am very excited to be here tonight and I thank the Hall of Fame Committee for this honor. Its been a few years since my husband and I graduated from Harvard… well, actually, its been 15 and 16 years! We have not been back to for a long time and it feels great to be in Harvard territory again. I have to first thank my parents for supporting my squash. The family legend is that on my twelfth birthday my father ran into a sports store because he had forgotten to buy me a present. He bought the first thing he could find… a squash racquet. That was the beginning. They then spent many years driving me to squash events and cheering me on. They are here tonight to continue the cheering.

I also owe a tremendous amount to the coach of the women’s squash team, Steve Piltch. He spent countless hours trying to turn me into a hardball player and I am still in awe of his dedication. Jack Barnaby was also still coaching when I first arrived, and I will never forget the joy and style he brought to the game.

I also have to thank my husband, Joe, who was with me all through my squash career at Harvard. We started dating my freshman year, and here we are 18 years, four children, 2 hamsters and an unmentionable number of goldfish later. He has been with me through thick and thin, and I am very lucky to have him by side. Sally and Joe, Joe’s parents, have, of course, also been with me for the past 18 years. I thank them for all their support, which has been tremendous from the moment I met them.

And lastly, thanks to Liz, my teammate from long ago and Isabelle, my daughter, for coming tonight. You added a lot to the evening.

Thank you again for this tremendous award, and I am honored to be here among such an accomplished group of people.