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Saturday, April 05, 2008


It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the passing of Ann Weber Hoyt.

For all those wishing to send memorials in Ann's name, please send to Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., 58 North Main Street, Union City, PA 16438

Monday, June 17, 2008

The Hall morns the loss of President, Dave Staples


It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of the passing of one of archery's true leaders. On Tuesday, June 17th, the archery world lost a leader, a mentor, and most of all a friend. Dave Staples passed away in the Muhlenberh Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania due to complications caused by a second bout with pneumonia. Dave was a co founder of the Hall of Fame and has been its driving force since its inception in 1972. His dream of an Archery Hall of Fame became a vision and then a reality as the Hall partnered with the Wonders of Wildlife five years ago to make a permanent home for our museum in Springfield, Missouri. His mission will be carried on by those he inspired. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The following was written by Rich Walton for a few days after Dave's passing, June 20, 2008

Over the next few days there will be a number of articles regarding our friend and mentor Dave Staples. For me he was a friend, someone I looked up to and admired for over 30 years. He helped me so many times with his calm wisdom and common sense intellect. In his quiet, unassuming way he taught, he led without me even realizing he was teaching far reaching lessons in business and in life. 

He made so much sense there were times I had to think about how he had guided me without me being fully aware he was. He built testaments to his passion for archery so quietly that most of us never fully appreciated it until now. How he could lead, inspire and direct so effectively while seemingly in the background amazes me still. Dave was always about others and was content leading from the shadows. He was afraid his induction into the Archery Hall of Fame would somehow appear contrived. If anyone deserved to be there it was Dave.

Dave was warm, gracious, caring and humble. He was so much larger than his small frame indicated and his largess came from his heart.  He loved this sport and he gave it everything he had. He was not a world class bowhunter with hundreds of trophy animals to his credit. What he was however, was a world class human being with hundreds of accomplishments that bettered the sport and those of us who were part of it. 

I take no solace in knowing he is at peace with God, sharing his life with those who have passed before him; people like Earl and Ann Hoyt, Fred Bear and so many others. Selfishly I want him here among the living. He has left us too early and I am sad, regretful and angry. There were too many things left to do Dave. So many mountains left to climb. Too many people left to inspire. There were too many things I had to tell you.  There are too many lessons I had yet to learn from you and too many Thank you Dave's; left unsaid.. I will miss him terribly.   


David W. “Dave” Staples, 69, of Easton, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in Muhlenberg Hospital, Bethlehem.  Born in Easton to the late William and Bernice (Corley) Staples, married 24 years to wife and partner, Catherine A. (Schaeffer) Staples.  He was founder and president of Images Group, Inc. Public Relations and Marketing Communications.  He owned Dave Staples Archery Lanes in Easton from 1965 to 1982.  Active in many local, regional and national sport and trade organizations during his archery career, he served as president of Professional Archers Association for 5 years. In 1971, he co-founded the national Archery Hall of Fame & Museum, serving as president from 1996 to present. In 2008, voted for induction into the Hall, Staples is the first recognized for lifetime achievement.  As an archery, outdoor and cutlery writer, his byline appeared in many publications.  He co-authored the book Peak Performance Archery with the late Al Henderson, 1976 U.S. Olympic Archery Team coach.


Survivors:  Wife; daughter, Lori E. Brousseau and her husband, Daniel
A. of Palmer Township; son, Billy Staples of Easton; granddaughters, Nicole and Lauren Brousseau.


Services:  Private, at the convenience of the family.


Contributions:  Please send to The Archery Hall of Fame & Museum, Attn: D. Miller, 58 North Main Street, Union City, PA 16438.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Vice-President Dick Lattimer Steps up as New AHOF President

In accordance with the Archery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc. bylaws, Dick Lattimer, Vice President of the Hall of Fame, will move up to complete the remainder of Dave Staples term as President, ending in 2010.

Dick Lattimer to Head Hall of Fame

Due to the untimely death of The Archery Hall of Fame & Museum’s president and co-founder Dave Staples of Easton, Pennsylvania, Vice President, Dick Lattimer, of South Bend, Indiana, will now take the reigns to head the archery organization.

Lattimer, a member of the Archery Hall of Fame Board of Directors since 1996, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999 along with Tom Jennings and Floyd Eccleston. He is a 42 year veteran of the archery industry and sport.

Prior to his retirement in 2000, he served almost 10 years as the President/CEO of the Archery Manufacturers & Merchants Organization (now ATA). For 23 years before that he ran the Bear Archery in-house advertising agency. Lattimer was also the founder and executive director of The Fred Bear Sports Club. From 1976 until 1982 he was the volunteer executive director of The American Archery Council (AAC).

Lattimer is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and served on numerous national shooting range and conservation committees. He was the television Chairman for the International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in Washington, D.C. and Co-chairman of that group’s Communications Committee.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hall of Fame and Archery losses another star,

Doreen Wilber passes away, October 19th.

The archery community once again morns the loss of an archery superstar. With the loss of Doreen Wilber the last chapter of another piece of archery history has been written. Doreen rewrote the record book from 1968 - 1974 by establishing 10 new records on the international level and became the first woman to shoot over 1200 in international competition. The highest point of her shooting career was winning the Olympic gold medal in Munich, Germany in 1972. Quoted in a tribute written by Roy Rose in US Archer. "Her archery deeds are legendary, but to those who were touched by her, it will be that indefinable quality as a special human being, that will perpetually remain."

Friday, December 05, 2008

Jane Johnson joins AHOF Board of Directors

Jane Johnson from Edmond, Oklahoma recently became the newest member of the Archery Hall of Fame's Board of Directors. She replaces Sherwood Schoch who resigned after serving over 15 years on the board.

Jane brings years of archery experience to the board. A long time member of the NAA Coach Development Committee she participated in developing the curricula for the NAA Instructor Course. She currently conducts archery instructor classes in the south region of the United States and is one of the coaches for the Trosper JOAD Club in Oklahoma City.

At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Jane participated as a scoring judge. She also has served as archery judge by invitation in Canada and Italy, and also on a Jury of Appeal at the Championship of Americas in Cuba

Jane was elected to the NAA Board of Governors in 1991, 95 and again in 2001 and 2005 to represent the south region on their Board. She served as Vice President of the NAA from 1995-97 and President from 1997-99 and 2007-08. In 1998 she was elected as a member of the Board of the NAA Foundation and is currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer




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