A fixture at Yale University for 43 years, Don is contemplating retirement, and it has been noted that his retirement will be like removing the ivy from the walls.
Competition Record: Team member at U. of Illinois, (1956-1959), Big Ten Championships: Gold-AA, (1956); NCAA Championships: Gold-AA, FX, 1956; National AAU Championships: Gold-AA, PB, & FX, (1956 & 1962), V, (1958). World Championships: Moscow, USSR, (1958); Prague, Czechoslovakia (1962); Dortmund, Germany, (1966); Pan American Games: Chicago, (1959) & Sao Paulo, Brazil, (1963). Judging: FIG Certified at 1st VISA Course, Penn State U., (1969), World Games, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, (1970); U.S.A. vs. England, London, England, U.S.A. vs. Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland, (1970). Education: Bachelor’s Degree, University of Illinois, Master’s Degree, Southern Connecticut State University. Honors: Sullivan Award finalist (1960), Veterans Award-New York Athletic Club, (1962), McCloy Honor Research for Master’s Thesis, Research Award-NACGC for Tumbling for Men and Women (Sports Illustrated),; President’s Award-NGJA, (1990). Gymnastic Publications: Woman’s Gymnastics-Vaulting and Balance Beam, (1964), Women’s Gymnastics-Uneven Parallel Bars and Floor Exercise, Sports Illustrated, (1964). Coaching/Teaching: Gymnastics Camp Director, (1957); Ass’t. Coach & Instructor, West Point Military Academy, (1959-1962), Coach & Instructor, Yale University, (1962), Associate Director of Physical Education, (1972-1978), Director of Physical Education & Sports Camps, (1998-2005), Yale University. Family: m. Barbara Galleher.
Sources: Tonry’s resume, personal interviews, Jerry Wright’s Gymnastics Who’s Who, 2005 plus thanks to Abie Grossfeld, 1979 HOF Honoree and Karl Schier, 1982 HOF Honoree, for their editing services. Introduction, commentary, and formatting by Larry Banner, Web Manager.