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Harold Alex Gretzinger, BA'77, DDS'81

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W' Club Hall of Fame Inductee 2009

Harold Alex Gretzinger says the nine years he spent at Western shaped his life to a great degree.

“Those years determined my profession and led to a specialty within that profession. Without the influence and recommendation of Western’s founding Dean of Dentistry, Wes Dunn, that simply would not have happened,” says Gretzinger, who is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Sarnia.

He became the only Mustang to win the Murray McNie Trophy three times, an award that is voted upon by team members to recognize the season MVP. He is also the only Mustang to win four consecutive championship titles, winning the OUA Conference 50m hurdle gold medal from 1975-1979. In 2007, Gretzinger was inducted into the Track & Field hall of fame.

He notes his fondest athletic memory at Western was winning a spot on the indoor Canadian Track Team in 1975 and then winning his first international competition in the 50 yard high hurdles with a record of 6.24 seconds.

His proudest athletic accomplishment since leaving Western is riding a bicycle for 40km, in less than one hour, at the age of 55.

Gretzinger and his wife Marie enjoy biking, skiing and traveling together. He has been to more than 70 countries to date.


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