2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Larry K. Bagley D-4522, has an outstanding record of serving the parachuting community as a long-time board member, USPA executive, and US team delegate in international competition venues. Larry made his first military jump in 1963 and began sport jumping two years later; he made his last leap in 2001 with just over 5,200 sport jumps. He flew on the first unofficial and official FAI world record big-way formation—a 40-way in 1980. In 2003, he received the Paul Tissandier Diploma from the FAI; he and his wife, Cindi, were made Honorary Golden Knights and in 2013, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by USPA. He has been a museum trustee since 2012.
Dave DeWolf D-1046, has probably trained more senior riggers, both military and recreational, than any other civilian in skydiving history. He made his first leap in 1962 while in the Army, then 26 more military jumps, “and never stopped jumping.” He has been on several age group world record skydives. He has more than 13,000 jumps, including a formation skydive world record with the JOES. He received the USPA gold medal for meritorious service in 2001 and the Spirit of POPS Award in 2004. He was a founding member of the Maytown Sport Parachute Club and the United Parachute Club.
Edward A. “Doc” Fitch D-89, was an instrumental leader of the PCA/USPA board for more than a decade during the sport’s formative years. He began jumping as a young medical resident in Philadelphia; prior to that, he was a paratroop medical captain with an army airborne division and was an instructor with the first group that trained in Arizona in 1961. He organized the Texas Parachute Council, spearheaded the adoption of many of those regulations for the PCA (the forerunner of USPA), was an accomplished aviator with all of the customary civilian ratings and served on the board of the NAA. He passed away in 1973.
Dick Fortenberry D-38 is known for his outstanding record in national and international competition in the classic events of style and accuracy. An original member of the forerunner of the US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, he was the first skydiver to win three consecutive national titles. One of his greatest achievements is coaching the American women’s team to a world championship. In 1962, he was the first skydiver to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Diploma by the FAI in 1974.
Patrick “Pat” Moorehead D-2962, made his first jump in 1969. His logbooks have recorded more than 6,500 jumps and he is still skydiving at the age of 84. His career has included jumps in TV commercials (which he continues to do today), TV programs and films, both as a performer/actor and as a stunt man. He founded a skydiving exhibition team in 1972 called the California Aerial Circus Parachute Team. He served on the USPA board of directors, founded SOS, and to mark his 80th birthday, had a TEAM-80 fundraising event making 81 jumps in one day raising more than $18,000 for the museum. This effort earned him the museum’s first Trustees’ Award. In 1998, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by USPA and in 2008, was awarded the Paul Tissandier Diploma from the FAI.
Bill Morrissey D-516 is one of the “fathers” of tandem skydiving. He got the “bug” to jump as a young paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and made his first free-fall in 1959. He worked as a US Nationals training judge, before there was such a formal program and competed in style and accuracy in 1964 and 1966. In 1982, he went to Florida to persuade Ted Strong to build parachutes big enough to take two adults. The company designed a dual-passenger system still in use today. After two jumps, Strong hired Morrissey as an instructor of first-time passengers, an instructor examiner, and the company’s program director. He has taught more than 650 tandem instructors and 113 tandem examiners while making 3300 tandem jumps. One of Morrissey’s best-known accomplishments was the study of the “Tandem Side-Spin Phenomenon.” Bill has continued to work with all the tandem manufacturers in further developing equipment and training techniques.