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Dr. Sheldon C. Downes
Track & Field
Class of 1956

Sheldon C. Downes captained the 1956 track team and holds the Bison 440 record for 1955 and 1956. He took first place in the 440 in the West Virginia Track Championship in 1955 and 1956 and was undefeated in the 440 in all dual meets in which he competed.

Affiliated with Alpha Sigma Phi at Bethany, Downes was also active in the Varsity B Club, Psychology Club, student government, Chapel Choir, and the annual Messiah Choir.

A retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, Downes taught as a Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University. His wife is the former Meta Michaelsen, an alumna of Bethany, Class of 1958. Downes and his wife are the parents of a son and two daughters. They reside in Greenville, N.C.