We are proud to announce the winner of the Dr. Rodney and Claire Stetson Scholarship, Brett Akahiji of Torrance High School. This fall, Brett will attend Cal Lutheran College, where he intends to major in exercise science. He would like to pursue a career in physical therapy or athletic training.
The Dr. Rodney and Claire Stetson scholarship was created in honor of Dr. William Stetson’s parents. “Doc”Stetson served as the team physician for Bishop Montgomery athletic teams from 1959-1976, but he is known in the school community for more than just what he did to help athletes. In his service to BMHS, Dr. Stetson provided medical care for the Franciscan Friars, nuns, and athletes alike, and was a fixture at many athletic events. He often donated medical supplies, provided therapy equipment, personally transported injured athletes when necessary, and was known to make house calls free of charge in support of Bishop Montgomery. Dr. Stetson graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1937, first in his class in pre-med. He married his wife, Claire, in 1940, and in 1946, he graduated from USC’s Keck School of Medicine. His legacy in the South Bay, and most notably Torrance, will forever be felt. He served as chief of staff at Torrance Memorial Hospital and was one of the founding physicians at Little Company of Mary Hospital. On October 15, 1999, Bishop Montgomery dedicated its weight room to Dr. Stetson as a tribute to his generosity, dedication, and loyalty to the school. The plaque presented to his family that night permanently hangs outside the “Doc Stetson Memorial Weight Room.” Dr. Stetson passed away on April 11, 1996 at the age of 82. He is survived by his five sons (Mike ’62, Dan ’71, Jim ’72, Ed ’76, and Bill) and three daughters (Patty ’63, Barbara, and Kathryn ’69).