Year Inducted: 2008
On May 24, 1935 Harry and Jean Pearce Anderle became the proud parents of twins, John Pearce Anderle and Thomas Pearce Anderle. Both boys would become top athletes and scholars, graduating from Port Huron High School in 1953.
John lettered in football, basketball and track for two years at Port Huron High School. He was a standout center and linebacker on the undefeated State Champion football teams in 1951 and 1952. The basketball team in 1952-53 averaged 58 points per game – a record to that point.
John attended what is now Michigan Tech University on an academic scholarship and started and finished every football game for the four years he was there, playing center on offense and linebacker on defense. He was one of the tri-captains his senior year and was selected by the coaches as the team MVP. He was an honorable mention on the AP All-State small college football team and was named to the 1956 AP Little All-American Football team; to that point only the third Tech player to be so honored – only 11 since. He received tryout tenders from the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
John became a world renowned geologist, traveling the world over as a consultant on very large projects. He resided in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada for many years and passed away December 1, 2002.