Three Camels to Gain Induction into Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome three new inductees in a special ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 24 in New London. The class of 2009 includes: Kim Holliday McEldeerry ´97 (field hockey), Susan Mabrey Gaud ´68 P´07 (tennis, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse), and Sarah Pitt-Del Cristo ´86 (swimming).
At 5:30 p.m., plaques will be unveiled in the Hall of Fame Room off the foyer of the Charles B. Luce Fieldhouse. The athletes will also be honored at a dinner after the ceremony. Connecticut College women´s rowing coach/senior women´s administrator and associate athletic director Eva Kovach will be the featured speaker at the dinner.
Kim Holliday McElderry ´97 proved to be one of the most talented and explosive field hockey players to have worn a Camel uniform.
As a sophomore in 1994, McElderry transferred to Connecticut College from Division I University of North Carolina, where she was a scholarship player. In her three seasons in New London, she helped lead the Camels to a 30-17-1 record (.635 winning percentage). During her tenure, the field hockey squad qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament all three seasons, advancing to the championship game in 1995.
McElderry started all 48 career games at forward and earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors several times. She closed her career with 41 goals, five assists, and 87 points, breaking school records for career goals and points. In 1994 and 1995, she was named to the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Regional All-America Team.
In her senior season, McElderry received the Camel squad´s Most Valuable Player Award, and she was selected to play in the North-South Senior All-Star Game. The prolific scorer capped an outstanding career as a USFHA All-America Second Team selection. She earned national exposure when Sports Illustrated magazine tapped her for its Faces in the Crowd section in spring 1997.
McElderry received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology-based human relations with a minor in child development. Since graduating from Connecticut College, she has had a successful career in private school admissions. Her positions have included assistant admission director at the Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, NY) in 1999, assistant director of admission/international admission director at The Gunnery School (Washington, Conn.) from 1999-2000, and director of admission and financial aid at Melrose School (Brewster, N.Y.) from 2000-2006. For the past three years, McElderry has served as director of admission at Landmark Academy (Westport and Redding, CT campuses), an independent pre-school affiliated with Ridgefield Academy.
In addition to her professional position in admissions, McElderry has field hockey and lacrosse coaching experience. At the collegiate level, she was assistant field hockey coach in 1997 and 1998 at Fairfield University. She also was assistant girls´ lacrosse coach at The Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) for the spring 1999 season as well as field hockey and lacrosse coach at The Gunnery School during the academic year 1999-2000.
Kim is married to Jim McElderry (Fairfield University ´93), a member of Fairfield´s Athletic Hall of Fame and currently the men´s soccer coach at Fordham University. The McElderrys reside in Stamford, Conn. with their two children: six-year-old Grace Ann and Liam James, age three.
Susan Mabrey Gaud´s accomplishments in athletics and her service to Connecticut College and the community are truly astounding and inspirational to her teammates, coaches and family.
Her versatility and dominance in the athletic arena put Gaud in a class by herself. Tennis was her primary sport, as evidenced by several junior tennis championships and New England rankings that she earned prior to entering Connecticut College. She continued her tennis dominance at the College and captured the 1966 and 1968 New England Women´s Tennis Championship crowns. Playing several years before the passing of Title IX (a federal law that resulted in additional athletic opportunities for girls and women nationwide), Gaud also was a four-year starter and team captain of the lacrosse team (which she played in the same season as tennis) as well as the field hockey and basketball squads.
In addition to her leadership on the field and courts, Gaud was president of the Athletic Association, a class representative to the honor board (later renamed the Judiciary Board), and class treasurer. She was honored with the 1968 Charlotte Pyle Award, presented to the College´s outstanding senior athlete. When Gaud graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in chemistry, she was recognized for her excellence in the laboratory as the recipient of the American Chemical Society Senior Award.
Gaud continued her education, earning master of science (1970) and doctorate (1973) degrees, both in chemistry, from Northwestern University. From 1973-1978 she was a post-doctoral chemistry fellow at Yale University. She later earned a master of business administration degree (MBA) in 1982 from Northwestern´s prestigious Kellogg School of Management, graduating with honors in a finance concentration.
Professionally, Gaud served as Kraft Foods´ senior director of research from 1977-2007. As an expert in her field, she authored numerous scientific publications, including two book chapters, and she sat on advisory groups at both Northwestern University and Carthage College. Among her career achievements was receiving a patent for developing a novel approach to fat-free foods. In 2005 and 2006 Gaud chaired the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), a 250-member industry association. She continues to remain active for the IRI board of editors and is Emeritus Activity Group co-chair. She retired from Kraft in 2007 after 30 years with increasing levels of responsibility throughout her career.
Gaud has maintained her professional involvement beyond retirement. Since 1996, she has been a member of the North Shore Country Day School board of trustees. In addition to serving on the Carthage College Natural Sciences advisory board, she has been a consultant to the college´s ScienceWorks program, both since 1998. In 2003 Gaud became a member of Northwestern´s McCormick Engineering School Industrial Advisory Board, on which she continues to serve. Last year she began serving as a consultant for Executive Source Corps (ESC), the Chicago area´s largest nonprofit provider of capacity-building programs and services for the nonprofit and public sectors.
Throughout her education and professional life, Gaud has followed the College´s mission by servicing the community. While at Kraft she co-chaired the Chicago Area United Way campaign in 1994 and 2001. She also was a volunteer for Chicago´s Junior Achievement organization. Gaud maintains an active leadership role for Connecticut College. Since 1998, she has served as the class of 1968 president. She also serves as a class agent, and she chaired her class´s 35th reunion in 2003. Gaud remains active in athletics as a regular golf and tennis player.
Susan and her husband Henry T. Gaud Jr. live in Evanston, IL. They have two children, Emily Gaud and Henry T Gaud III, who followed his mother to Connecticut College. Gaud has encouraged and supported her children´s involvement in sports. Emily played volleyball, basketball, and soccer in high school as well as college rugby. Henry competed in football and track and field in high school. As a 2007 graduate of the College, he was a track and field decathlon standout who continues to hold the Camels´ decathlon school record.
Sarah Pitt-Del Cristo ´86 was a groundbreaker for the Connecticut College swimming program. A four-year competitor in the butterfly, breaststroke, and individual medley, she broke numerous school records throughout her career. She also helped elevate the program´s stature as the Camels earned a four-year 32-11 record that included four straight winning seasons.
As a freshman in 1983, Pitt-Del Cristo ´86 had an immediate impact on the Camel swimming program, breaking four individual school records and swimming on three record-breaking relays. She earned the squad´s Most Valuable Swimmer Award both as a freshman and sophomore, and she became the first swimmer in school history to qualify for and compete at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
As a senior, the four-time New England Championships qualifier shattered several school records and helped lead the 1985-86 Camels to their first undefeated season with a perfect 11-0 record. Individually, she graduated with five individual records in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.12), 100-meter butterfly (1:11.95), 200-yard butterfly (2:20.37), 200-meter butterfly (2:45.00), and 200-yard individual medley (2:26.59). Pitt-Del Cristo also was a key member of four record-holding relays: 200-meter medley relay, 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay.
After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in zoology from Connecticut College, Pitt-Del Cristo earned a second bachelor´s degree in 1989 as well as a master´s degree in 1994, both in health science, from Duke University. Since 1990, she has worked as a physician´s assistant, supporting patients who are undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery at the New York University Medical Center.
Pitt-Del Cristo has been an active member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants since 1989. For nearly 20 years, she has been a dedicated volunteer with the Forward Face charitable organization, helping children and families cope with the medical and social effects of facial differences. She is also a volunteer with the Parent-Teacher Association at her children´s schools.
Sarah is married to Carlos Del Cristo ´86, a former Camel men´s lacrosse player, who ranks ninth in career goals (93) and 14th in points (117). They live in Cos Cob, Conn. and have three boys: Brandon (age 11), Cameron (8), and Pierson (5). Sarah´s brother William ´90 also attended Connecticut College and competed on the men´s swimming team
October 22, 2009