Memorial Fund Established for Wright
by Jim Amidon
January 10, 2005
Wabash College has taken initial steps to establish The Jeremy Wright
Memorial Fund to honor Sgt. Jeremy R. Wright ’96, who was killed in
action Jan. 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Wright, a Green Beret Communications Specialist with 2nd Battalion, 1st
Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash., had joined the
U.S. Army in April of 2002 but had been in Afghanistan less than two
Wright was the the most decorated distance runner in Wabash athletics
history, and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Wright was a two-time All-American cross country runner, First Team
Academic All- American, NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion in 1993 and
Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference cross country Most Valuable
Runner in 1993 and 1995. He won a total of seven ICAC distance-running
championships, including three in the 10,000 meters, two in cross
country and two in the 5,000-meter run.
He was a summa cum laude graduate and chemistry major.
The Jeremy Wright Memorial Fund is not yet designated. "We've heard from
so many of Jeremy's friends, former Wabash teammates, and members of the
running community out West that we felt like we needed to get something
established right way," said Jim Amidon, director of public affairs at
"In a few months, we'll gather together with his teammates and family to
determine how best to put the fund to use. We know that his Wabash
teammates would like to see us establish a Wabash scholarship for Shelby
County students in Jeremy's memory," said Amidon.
Wright, Roger Busch, and Scott Gall — all two-time All-Americans — ran
together from 1992 through 1996 and were nicknamed the "The Three
Amigos" by cross country coach Rob Johnson. During that time, Wabash
finished fourth at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in
1994 and third in 1995.
Those wishing to contribute to The Jeremy Wright Memorial Fund may
contact Wabash College in care of Advancement Office, Post Office Box
352, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Requests for information or details
concerning credit-card gifts may be directed to Mrs. Guyanna Spurway at
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