ARCH STOKES, Salt Lake City, UTInducted 1966
Promoter/Organizer: Archibald Lagrand Stokes of Salt Lake City, Utah, is the "Grand Old Man" and probably the most beloved figure in the game. It was he who put the game on its feet and gave the World Tournament a home following World War II. His efforts built the beautiful 18-court facility at Murray, Utah, and brought the World Tournament there in 1947, and from 1949 through 1959. During these years, he served four years as NHPA President and was always the guiding father of the organization. He passed away in 1957, but his influence is still felt in the form of the Arch Stokes Memorial Award given by his family each year to the outstanding contributor to the game for service.