Wayne Hales Athlete Profile

Wayne Hales

Wayne Hales
Hall of Fame: 1975

  • 1975 Men's Cross Country



1975 Hall of Fame Inductee

His desire for an education was so great that Wayne worked in the Tintic mines to pay his expenses at Brigham Young University. While a student, he participated in basketball, cross-country, and track. He won permanent possession of the Horace G. Merrill cup by winning the cross-country race three years in a row. His record for the cross-country run remained unbeaten for ten years.

Wayne served as president of his class and graduated in 1916 with a B.A. degree in physics. He earned his master’s degree in 1923 at the University of Utah and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1926. Teaching positions at Ricks College and Weber College led to his appointment as president of Snow College. In 1930 he returned to BYU, where he served as chairman of the Physics Department, dean of the General College, and chairman of the BYU Athletic Advisory Committee.

Active in scouting, Wayne was a member of the first organized Boy Scout troop in Utah and the first scoutmaster of the first troop in Provo. He married Belle Wilson in 1916. All four of their sons earned doctor’s degrees, and both of their daughters graduated from BYU. Belle passed away in 1963, and Wayne married Vivian Parkinson Taylor in 1965.