Gene C. Laker
Sport(s): Basketball (Men's)
Gene C. Laker ’54, a Rector Scholar at DePauw, graduated with distinction with a B.A. degree in pre-medical science.
A three-year letterman in basketball, Laker was DePauw's starting center from his sophomore year until graduation. Leading the team with 19.3 points per game in his senior year, Laker redefined the role of center in DePauw basketball history. During his senior season he broke the DePauw single-season rebounding record as he amassed 14.4 per game, a mark which still stands. His career rebounding average of 9.0 per game still ranks fifth in DePauw history.
Laker led the Tigers in field goal percentage his senior year and free throw percentage all three years. He was named to the all-Indiana Collegiate Conference team as a senior and, in the summer of 1954, he was honored by being selected to Indiana College All Star team. Laker also received DePauw's Student Athlete Award.
After graduating from DePauw as a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Laker went on to earn a M.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1958. In addition to serving two years with the United States Air Force, he worked as a physician with the Waynedale Family Physicians group. Today, Laker serves as a member of the Fort Wayne Quest Club and has previously served as a member of the Northwestern University National Alumni Board. In 1993, Laker was honored with the Outstanding Service Award from Northwestern University Medical School and was later selected as a representative of the Class of 1958 for Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Residents of Fort Wayne, Ind., Laker and his wife, Marcia Jones Laker, have two sons, Jaison and Craig, and a daughter, Carey.