March 28, 2002
Seattle - The Washington men's rowing team was presented with a scholarship in memory of Husky fans Geoff and Judy Vernon today at a luncheon at the Conibear Shellhouse. The award was presented by the 101 Club in memory of the Vernons, who were among a group of 16 Washington football fans who perished in an airplane crash off Mexico Sept. 12.
Geoff Vernon, a 1965 Washington graduate and past president of the University's alumni association, was a member of the 101 Club, a group of Seattle businessmen dedicated to supporting amateur athletics in the Northwest. The Vernon's son, Trevor, was an oarsman on the Husky rowing team and graduated in 1992.
"Geoff and Judy were the greatest people," said UW men's coach Bob Ernst. "What a tragedy to lose them. It's a tragedy to our community. They were huge supporters of our crew program. We were crushed for Trevor when he lost both his parents on the same day. To have the 101 Club perpetuate their memory with this scholarship is a genuine honor."
The "Geoff and Judy Vernon 101 Club Power 10 Scholarship," in the amount of $10,000, will be awarded to a member of the men's team next Fall. The Power 10 Club is the fundraising arm for Husky rowing scholarships.
The Washington rowing program will host the 101st annual Class Day Regatta beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Montlake Cut, featuring races between the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes. The Huskies officially open the 2002 season at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 6-7.