The man of the hour was Dr. Wayne Westcott, 73, recently retired chairman of the exercise science program at Quincy College, who was honored at a ceremony held at the school on October 18. City officials, including Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, colleagues and friends gathered to discuss the many achievements of Dr. Westcott, and unveil a plaque renaming the Quincy College Health and Fitness Center to the Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. Center for Health and Fitness.
The college has also established an Exercise Science Academic Achievement Certificate in his honor to be presented annually to an outstanding student in the exercise science program.
“We are absolutely amazed by this, and I’m speechless,” said Westcott as he took the podium with his wife Claudia at his side. “We want to thank all of the important people in this room – and that means every one of you – who took the time out of your day to celebrate with us. Over time, you can accomplish a lot. It’s not as impressive as these speakers make it all sound, but I’m certainly honored they thought so.”
Rita LaRosa Loud, director of the Quincy College Fitness Center addressed the group to talk about her mentor and her friend.“Everyone matters to Wayne, no matter what age, gender, physical ability or stature,” she said. He is a man of faith, a devoted caring husband, and the most enthusiastic, charismatic person on this planet! Over the last 30 years, I have watched him encourage others and make it a point to highlight their strengths. The truth is, every person he connects with feels special the instant they meet him. We thank you, Wayne for your lifelong commitment and dedication to the welfare of others. It will never be forgotten.”
Dr. Wayne Westcott has been a strength training consultant for many organizations, including the Armed Forces, the YMCA of the USA and six NFL football teams. He is the author of numerous books and textbooks and served as a health and fitness columnist for the Patriot Ledger and the American College of Sports Medicine. ∞