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Dr. Pete Dufour, aka the “Slender Sprinter,” ran track at Olympic College for fellow inductee Doc Rethke in 1949 & 1950. Pete first arrived in Bremerton on board the USS Columbus in 1948.  Later that year after his naval discharge, Pete enrolled at OC.

In 1949, Pete helped the OC track and field team to the third place team trophy at the Washington State Junior College Conference Championships.  He won in the 220 and 440 yards, setting new conference records of 22.6 and 50.8 seconds.  Pete along with Don Kitt, Bob McKenzie, and Pete Shepherd, won the silver medal in the mile relay. 

The 1950 track season saw more of the same as Dufour broke his own records at the WSJCC Championship meet in the 220 and 440 yard races, with times of 22.4 and 49.8 seconds respectively.  In the mile relay, Dufour and teammates Shepherd, Jack Culver, and Don Wilson combined to win that event and tie the meet record. Dufour’s times qualified him to race at the National Junior College Championships in Los Angeles along with teammate Merle Pierce.  Dufour set personal records in both the 440 (49.3) and 220 (22.0) yard races, but missed the 220 finals by one tenth of a second.

Over his entire OC career, Dufour won five conference championships.  He was named the L. Hum Kean “Most Inspirational” in both 1949 and 1950.  Coach Rethke was once quoted as saying that Dufour was "one of the finest competitors he has ever seen and an ideal man to coach."  Dufour's head coach at the University of Washington also praised him, saying "he was one of the hardest workers in the cinder sport he has ever coached."

After graduating from OC Pete was awarded a track scholarship to the University of Washington.  In 1952, Dufour won a silver medal in the 400 meter race at the Pac-10 championship.  The first place time was 48.3 and Dufour finished at 48.4 seconds.  Pete received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the UW and his Doctorate from the University of Pacific in Stockton, California.

Pete taught Political Science at Grays’ Harbor College for twelve years.  He was named an “Outstanding Educator” in 1970.  The students voted to give Pete an “Outstanding Faculty Award” shortly thereafter.  After GHC, he worked for the Department of Defense in Europe to provide educational services to the military.  After returning to the U.S. in 1989, Dr. Dufour established the private counseling practice he still operates in Corvallis, Oregon.