Arlene E. Gorton '52
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Year Inducted: 1998
Arlene Gorton served as Associate Athletic Director at Brown for 37 years, retiring this past summer after nearly four decades in the athletic department.
A longtime advocate and promoter of women’s sports, Arlene played softball and badminton as a student in the late ‘40’s and early ‘50’s, captaining the softball team her senior year and ranking as the top singles badminton player.
After graduating from Brown in 1952, Gorton went to the University of North Carolina for two years, before returning to New England where she taught at Connecticut College for seven years.
In 1961, Arlene returned to her alma mater as the physical education director and as a professor in the physical education department at Pembroke College.
Throughout her 37 years, Arlene fought hard to give women greater opportunities through better facilities and more financial support. For her efforts, Arlene was awarded the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators Division I Administrator of the Year in 1998. Some of her many other awards include the 1990 ECAC Outstanding Woman Administrator and the 1992 Brown Track & Field Service Award.
Arlene, who wanted to play next to her hero, Ted Williams, for the Boston Red Sox, is now retired and living in Warwick, Rhode Island.