Announcing the 2012 Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame Class

WALTHAM, Mass. –- Six standout athletes whose careers spanned the first half-century of Brandeis’ sports history will be inducted into the 14th class of the Joseph Linsey Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies on March 31 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center on campus, Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa ’90 and Friends of Brandeis Athletics (FOBA) President Jim Leahy '85 announced.


Ruth Porter Bernstein (Class of 1957) will be inducted in the Contributor category. Porter Bernstein, a member of the Hall of Fame 1956 women's basketball team, was both a pioneer and advocate for women's athletics at Brandeis from the very beginning. She served as a past president of FOBA and was instrumental in the establishment of the Hall of Fame.

Harold Warren Zinn (Class of 1961) was a founding member of the Brandeis golf team in 1959 and is still considered one of the top golfers in school history. Zinn passed away in 1991.

Robert Nayer (Class of 1970) was a tenacious scorer and rebounder for the men's basketball teams of the late 1960s and 1970. He was the seventh men's basketball player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau -- he’s currently ranked 18th. He still ranks second in career rebounds, just seven shy of 1,000 for his career.

William Carpenter (Class of 1981) was a star shortstop in the University's first great diamond era of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Among the Judges' career leaders in six different statistical categories, he was the Greater Boston League MVP as a senior, when he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox.

Geoff Getz (Class of 1999) had an illustrious career as a middle-distance runner, winning three NCAA Division III national championships and finishing runner-up twice at 800 meters. He also claimed five New England All-Division titles at that distance.

Maya Marx (Class of 2004) qualified for the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships three times in her career and was a three-time All-American in the breaststroke, finishing sixth in the nation as a junior. She won two University Athletic Association championships and was Brandeis's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year as a senior.


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