North Central College - Naperville, IL

Lowell “Bud” Berger '48

Lowell “Bud” Berger was honored in February as an inductee into Naperville Central High School’s (NCHS) first Hall of Fame class. Berger began his teaching career at NCHS in 1951 and retired in 1985. He taught physical education and coached the track and cross country teams, serving as head track coach for 15 years. Under his leadership as head coach, NCHS won 13 straight track and field conference championships. Berger introduced cross country to NCHS and under his leadership built a record of 140 wins, 17 losses and nine consecutive conference championships. The 1966 team placed second in the state with more than 150 schools competing. Other service to the Naperville schools and State of Illinois earned him an Illinois Interscholastic Association Award for Meritorious and Dedicated Service to Youth in 1976 and induction into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1985. He served two terms as president of the Naperville Teachers Association and was honored with North Central College Outstanding Alumni Award in 1988. He and his wife Lois Stauffer ’49 Berger have been married for 64 years and reside in Fort Myers, FL.