National Softball Hall of Fame Member
Arnold (Red) Halpern
Year Inducted: 1981
Hometown: Coeur d' Alene, ID
BioServed as Idaho commissioner from 1959 to 2002. Was 23rd president of the ASA from 1982-1983. Was third person from the Pacific Northwest to serve as ASA president. Former chairman of the ASA Junior Olympic program and former member of the National Softball Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Served two terms as Northwest vice-president and was chief of delegation for USA teams in first Junior World Fast Pitch Championship in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in 1981. Was named Pacific Northwest Most Outstanding Park and Recreation Professional in 1981. Was first president of the Idaho Recreation and Park Society.
In 1992, received the Professional Emeritus Award by the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the National Recreation and Park Association. Also received the Gar Anderson Award as one of Idaho’s outstanding sportsmen. Served from 1954-1985 as director of the Coeur d’Alene, ID Recreation Department. In 2001. Halpern was inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame. Also is member of the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, Inland Empire Hall of Fame, Idaho Hall of Fame and Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame. Halpern passed away October 3, 2003 at age 79.
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