--Medical Doctor, Class of 1963, Was a Leading Athlete at QC--
FLUSHING, NY, October 17, 2015 -- Queens College’s Athletics Program has named its baseball field Hennekens Stadium, thanks to a gift from Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., class of 1963, who excelled in both varsity basketball and baseball while a student at Queens. After remarks by Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodriguez and other administrators on October 17, the new stadium sign was unveiled and Dr. Mennekens threw the first pitch for a Queens College baseball team scrimmage. This unprecedented Athletics naming ceremony took place during the college’s Homecoming Weekend.
Dr. Hennekens was ranked #81 by Science Heroes for “Most Lives Saved in History” for discovering that aspirin prevents a first heart attack and can prevent death when given during or after a heart attack. This aspirin therapy has saved over 1.1 million lives—a greater number than those saved by Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine. Dr. Hennekens has also conducted seminal research on health-promoting drug therapies and positive lifestyle changes related to smoking and obesity. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health for discovering the multiple hazards of smoking and oral contraceptives on heart attacks.
In addition, Dr. Hennekens was the first John Snow and first Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and first Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Currently he serves as first Sir Richard Doll Professor and Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
As one of the top 100 graduates in Queens College history, Dr. Hennekens joins such luminaries as Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, and Marvin Hamlisch. He is the first and only inductee to both the QC Achievement and QC Athletics Halls of Fame.
Known as “Flash” during his playing days, Dr. Hennekens was team captain, high scorer and most valuable player and won the Regan-Stein Award while competing for the basketball team during his senior year. He was also co-captain of the baseball team and received the Long Island Press Athlete-Scholar Award as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. In 1982 he achieved U.S. national rankings of #4 in his age group in both singles and doubles squash, and his team, the Harvard Has-Beens, won the Massachusetts State Squash Title.
“This is a first for our Department of Athletics here at Queens College,” said China Jude, Assistant Vice President/Athletics. “Dr. Hennekens is one of the many talented scholar-athletes to pass through our doors. We appreciate his generous gift, his serving as an Athletics volunteer and his research and scholarship that have profoundly impacted countless lives.”
“My amazing, fabulous, uneducated, working-class parents instilled in me the values of getting an excellent education--which Queens College provided to me--as well as the importance of giving back,” said Dr. Hennekens. “I am thrilled, honored and humbled on this occasion.”
Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu.