Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information

Dick "Looper" Lynch

Inducted: 2005
Years at Loras: 1943-1947
Sport: Basketball


  • Dick "Looper"' Lynch was the Renaissance man of Loras basketball during the Vince Dowd golden years in the mid-1940s. Wherever Dowd needed the lanky ex-Loras Academy standout, Lynch proved to be a Duhawk sparkplug. And the four-year results were astounding - three consecutive Iowa Conference titles (one loss in three years), 78 victories, two post-season appearances and some of the most storied victories in Loras basketball annals.
  • At 6-foot-4, Lynch was a giant among college players in his time, but that didn't pigeonhole him to playing center or just rebounding. When Dowd needed a playmaking guard in 1945-46, Lynch took over - won all-Iowa Conference honors in leading the Duhawks to a 10-0 conference championship, scored 227 points and was the cool-headed leader on an 18-9 club.
  • In an era of lower scores and more deliberate play, Lynch - who also carried the nickname "Hands" for his great skill in handling the basketball - was a mainstay on teams that had a revolving door when it came to personnel because of wartime conditions. Lynch himself served in the U.S. Army and didn't join the 1943-44 squad until after the season started. But he soon moved into a starting role on a club that went 10-0 in the Iowa Conference and 17-5 overall - with three of those losses coming to all-star service teams.
  • Even though he was sidelined for several games because of an automobile accident, sophomore Lynch helped the star-studded Duhawks team (teammates Mickey Marty and Wayne Knipschield as well as Coach Dowd are in the Hall of Fame) to a 19-8 season and a second straight Iowa Conference title (7-1). Alternating between center and guard as a senior, Lynch was a main cog on the brilliant team that at one point won 19 straight games, was 18-0 in home games and finished 24-5 - the second winningest team in the school's nearly 100 years on the hardwood.
  • What kind of player was two-year captain Lynch? A Lorian columnist praised him with these words at the end of his four years: "Lynch will long remain in memories for his ability to keep a team together during the cruises through rough shoals, for his unceasing humor throughout every contest and his notorious long range push shot.'"
  • An economics major, Lynch was much more on campus than a basketball star. He was a strong student, a student senator and active in Delta Sigma. A teacher and a long-time insurance representative, Lynch was an honored member of the Dubuque community for his work with the Democratic Party and the Disabled American Veterans. In addition, he was a coach and referee. Lynch died in March 2004.