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Hillory Tolson
Hillory  Tolson

Track (Inducted 1959)



Hillory Tolson ('24) was a celebrated relay runner and pole vaulter on the track team. In 1921, he won first place in the District Quad meet, vaulting 9-feet-6. The following year, he ran on a four-person relay team that brought GW fourth place in the South Atlantic mile relay. Tolson received letters in track and was named captain of the team in 1922, a position he held until graduation. He also won four first place finishes in the 1924 GW interclass track meet, sweeping the competition and gaining notoriety as an all-around athlete and "the best man that GW has" for track.

Tolson also helped found and was the first president of GW Letterman's Club. Before attending GW, Tolson worked as a cowboy, then served with the U.S. Marines in Italy in World War I, before moving to D.C., where he worked for the War Plans Division of the War Department (now the Department of Defense). In 1921, he began working for the Panama Canal Commission while he earned his Bachelor's degree at GW. Tolson went on to earn his master's in 1927 and attended law school. Tolson spent most of his professional career with the National Park Service and ultimately became it's assistant director. He received the Pugsley Silver Medal for significant contributions to the National Park Service.

Tolson was married to Catherine, also a GW alum.