Walter L. Molineux Jr.
Walter L. Molineux Jr.
Hometown: Morristown, NJ
Team: Track & Field

Walter L. Molineux, Jr. '53
Morristown, NJ
Track & Field
Year Inducted:

Walter L. Molineux, Jr. ’53, one of Brown’s finestdistance runners, set University records for the mile (4:08.5) andtwo-mile (9:18) and was Heptagonal League Mile Champion, bothindoors and out. The graduate of Morristown (N.J.) High School andthe Peddie School had other credentials: New England Mile Champion,N.E. Steeplechase Champion, N.E. Cross Country Champion, and N.E.AAU Champion. He was also N.E. Half-Mile Champion and took a thirdplace in the National AAU Mile. Walt Molineux’s freshmancross country team was undefeated in dual meet competition andCaptain Molineux helped pace the Bruins to their first New EnglandCross Country Championship in 38 years. In the winter, he finishedthird in the Columbian Mile behind national champions Fred Wilt andDon Gehrmann. That spring he won the Heptagonals, which were heldat Brown, and he set a new Brown record for the two-mile in aspecial race against Fred Wilt. His time of 9:19 surpassed NormTaber’s 38-year-old record of 9:31. During the winter of hisjunior year, Molineux was undefeated in dual meet competition withHarvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Boston University and in the spring hewon the N.E. Intercollegiate Mile and was second in theIC4A’s. One of the highlights of his career came on Jan. 29,1953 in Madison Square Garden before 15,000 fans when he finishedsecond to Villanova’s Fred Dwyer in the WannamakerInvitational Mile of the Millrose Games, but ahead of Fred Wilt andDon Gehrmann, the latter a four-time winner of the event. He set aBrown record that night with a 4:08.5, only three-tenths of asecond slower than Dwyer’s time. Molineux is living inLocust, N.J., and is area commercial manager with New Jersey BellTelephone Co.