J. Fred Gohl

Mr. Gohl was born June 12, 1903 and passed away on May 24, 1978. During his time in the sport, we was a teacher and recreation director, started three clubs, and was able to turn around the lives of several kids that were heading down a bad path. He instituted the first skate exchange which was copied by other clubs throughout the country. Hall of Fame members Mary Novak Sand, Jim Campbell, Dr. and Mrs. Milan Novak, Ed Schroeder, Phil Krumm, and Larry Ralston are all products of his teaching and encouragement. Mr. Gohl was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 21, 2000 in Irvine, California.