Dr. John Bamrick
Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information

Dr. John Bamrick

Inducted: 2004
Years at Loras: 1949-53
Sport: Intramurals, Teaching


  • Dr. John Bamrick, a 1953 magna cum laude Loras graduate, qualifies as a Loras institution -- for his long-time scholarship, dedicated teaching, extracurricular support of teams, individuals and the college and as an ever-present intramural athlete. For 37 years, he graced the hilltop campus as a professor of biology, trusted advisor -- even to those not in the sciences, faculty Senate member, chair of numerous committees including the Visitation Committee, chairman of his department (6 years) and with Dr. Jay Kopp started the pre-health science advisement program.
  • As a fan and Duhawk booster he is second to none. Bamrick was active with National Catholic Basketball Tournament and often helped with the NCBT's ``Breakfast of Champions.'' He has been a long-time member of the Loras Hall of Fame Committee, where his vast storehouse of Duhawk memories have been a treasure. Not only in sports, but also in drama and music, Bamrick has been an ardent fan and supporter. Over the years, he was one of the consistent fans that you would see at any women's athletic event. He continues that tradition over 30 years later. Bamrick was a leading backer on the panel that recommended Loras become co-educational in 1971, and secretary of that panel.
  • After returning from Marquette and Iowa State with his master's and doctorate, he often teamed with fellow faculty on the outstanding MXYKYLPYTS volleyball team and racquetball (including a championship with his daughter Jane). Nine times during his teaching years, Bamrick was on a fall or spring volleyball title team.
  • After retirement in 1992, Bamrick was promoted to Professor Emeritus in Biology. Recently, he and some fellow retired colleagues and staff organized a group that that has a breakfast meeting several times a year. An active member of St. Joseph the Worker parish, he has served on the parish council nine years, been a lector, Eucharistic minister and remains active in social concerns. In 1996, Bamrick received the Loras College Distinguished Alumni Award. He lives in Dubuque with his wife, Eunice. They have three children -- Margaret, Jane and Tom.