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Roger Sprague Gilmore

Sports Writer
Inducted 2001

Roger Sprague Gilmore, 75, has devoted the more than four decades of his life to providing media coverage of high school athletics in the western Volusia County communities of DeLand and Pierson, following local teams from Key West to Niceville.

For 31 years, Gilmore was sports editor of the DeLand Sun News, covering DeLand High School, Taylor High School in Pierson and the former Euclid and Southwestern high schools. He currently is sports editor of the DeLand Beacon. Gilmore has never missed a DeLand High School football game – home or away – covering as a reporter and photographer 472 varsity games since 1959. In addition to his professional occupation as a sports journalist, Gilmore has been a volunteer coach in various youth leagues and an active member of numerous local civic groups. In 1997, the City of DeLand dedicated a new Little League baseball field as the "Roger S. Gilmore Field."

Gilmore's efforts to consistently recognize the accomplishments of others has not been overlooked. He has earned community service recognition from the DeLand Jaycees. DeLand mayor Don Page proclaimed Feb. 27, 1974, Roger Gilmore Day. The Greater Union First Baptist Church made him the recipient of a race relations award in 1988. In 1960, the DeLand High School Future Farmers of America made him an honorary chapter farmer. He received the Volusia County Conservation Award for humanitarianism in 1964 and garnered awards from the Florida Athletic Coaches Association in 1968 and 1973 for service to high school athletic programs.

Gilmore served as an honorary head coach of the Stetson University basketball team for a game in 1974. In 1963 and again in 1973, the International Babe Ruth youth baseball organization gave him first place in the organization's scrapbook competition. He is one of a very few life members of the DeLand Quarterback Club and was a "founding father" of the West Volusia Family YMCA.

Born in Chicago, Gilmore started his journalism career as a boy delivering papers for the Burlington Free Press in Middlebury, Vt. He was sports editor of the Green Cove Springs Naval Station newspaper and worked for The Gainesville Sun, covering Gainesville area high schools while attending the University of Florida, from which he graduated in 1959.

Gilmore and his wife, Mary, have four children: Cindy, Warren, Linda and Greg. Three of his children are teachers and one is a coach. He has 10 grandchildren, one of whom is currently serving in the US Air Force.