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Alumni Spotlight: Bob Cathcart '78


Bob Cathcart (third from left) with (from left) son Dylan; wife Janine; his mother, Joyce; sister Pat Duncan '74; brother Joe '80; and Joe's wife, Kim.


Name: Bob Cathcart
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1978
College/University: DePauw University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, History and Business
Current Position: Senior vice president of Global Sales, Hansen Medical

By Beth Murphy

Bob Cathcart, Class of 1978, was honored this month at his college alma mater as he was inducted into the DePauw University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Cathcart, who graduated from DePauw in 1982, was a linebacker for the Tigers. He was second on the team as a sophomore with 77 tackles and intercepted three passes as a senior in helping the Tigers to a then school-record nine wins.

Cathcart was inducted during a ceremony Oct. 10 in Moore Theatre of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts at DePauw.

“It was a very special weekend to be back on campus to receive this award,” Cathcart said. “I was honored to accept the award, which was really an award recognizing the great group of seniors on that 1981 team. People that follow DePauw football say that the 1981 team was the best team in the history of the school, and I was privileged to be a part of that special time.” Scecina football coach Ott Hurrle pointed out that Cathcart was an excellent two-sport athlete in high school.

“Bob Cathcart was an outstanding athlete while at Scecina, being a standout football and basketball player,” Coach Hurrle said. “In football, Bob played linebacker and tight end and earned All-City and All-State Honors as well as being named to the 1978 Indiana All-Star football squad. In basketball, Bob helped lead Scecina to its first sectional championship in school history.”

Cathcart said, “I am very thankful, and have fond memories of playing for the Crusaders. Coach (Ken) Leffler and Coach Hurrle were great role models for us. We learned to play hard and never quit. We played many games against bigger and better equipped schools, but no team played harder than our guys. “Coach Leffler was instrumental in me attending DePauw, and I will be forever grateful to him for his guidance. It’s great to see that his grandson (Rocky Leffler ’14) is now at DePauw and having an impact in the success of the Tigers.”

Cathcart now is senior vice president for Hansen Medical, which is a leader in intravascular robotics. He is based in the Greater New York City area. His four siblings also are Scecina graduates: sister Pat Duncan ’74, and three brothers, Tom ’77; Joe ’80; and Bill ’82.

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