Dr. Harold A. “Haps” Benfer served Muhlenberg in many capacities during his 40-year tenure. Born in 1893 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Benfer attended York High School and later Albright College, where he excelled in basketball, baseball, and football. He was named first-team all-American fullback in 1914, playing against the likes of Jim Thorpe, whom he later invited to Muhlenberg in 1941 to present ‘Berg players with their varsity letters. During his college years, Haps spent two summers working out with the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team. In 1956, he was named Albright’s “Athlete of the Century.” Following graduation, he did graduate work at the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania and was ordained as a minister in the United Evangelical Church.