Bill Dudley – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Tulane University/1948 Olympics
Dudley, a New Orleans native who attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., competed for the USA’s 4×100-meter relay unit which won Gold in the 1948 London Games as a 17-year old. Due to Olympic rules at the time, he did not receive a Gold Medal as he only swam in preliminary heats, but he would have been New Orleans’ first swimmer to obtain an Olympic Gold Medal.
After the Olympics, attended Tulane University and participated in the revival of swimming at the school. In his freshman year at Tulane, he captained its swim team and competed for the New Orleans Athletic Club becoming the Southeastern Conference Champion and winning AAU titles in the junior and senior 220-yard freestyles.
Dudley graduated from Tulane in 1953 with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1965 Dudley founded Dudley Engineering Co., a manufacturer’s representative for HVAC equipment, which was the business he operated until his death on January 18, 1978 (47 years old; born on January 15, 1931).