Dorothy Luedtke earned her undergraduate degree from BGSU in 1947 and her master’s degree from the University in 1950. Luedtke played field hockey and swam at Bowling Green, receiving varsity letters for her participation in a 2005 ceremony. She taught physical education and other health related courses for 35 years at the University. However, she is most remembered for her trailblazing contributions to women’s sports and education outside the classroom.
“She was really focused on her students and how she could help them,” said Dr. Janet Parks, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies. “I taught with Dorothy for over 20 years, and I felt she was long overdue to be recognized for her work.”
Luedtke served as the director of intramural programs from 1955-68 and, as director of the women’s athletics program, helped form women’s varsity swimming, field hockey, basketball and volleyball teams. Over the years, several of her teams were nationally ranked in their sport. Additionally, she presented scholarly research across the country to professional groups, at a time when it was unusual to do so.
As a result of her ideas, the Physical Education and Recreation department was the first in the College of Education to assign sophomores to assist a junior high school teacher on a regular basis. As a result of her work in her field, Luedtke was honored as the Health, Physical Education and Recreation faculty member of the year in 1981-82.
In 1985, she was inducted into the Ohio Association for Intercollegiate Sports for Women, and in 1986, into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame. In October 2003, BGSU dedicated the Eppler North Gymnasium in her honor.
(Taken from an October 1, 2003 news release from Bowling Green State University.)