It's been fifty years since Jeanne Arth retired from playing professional tennis, and even today her accomplishments as a pioneer in women's athletics are legendary. Arth retired with three National titles, two U.S. Open Titles, and one Wimbledon title. She is easily the most decorated female tennis athlete in Minnesota, which is why it is only fitting that she was the first person ever inducted into St. Catherine's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Having graduated from St. Catherine with a teaching degree, Arth devoted herself to working with students after retiring from tennis. She was also very active in St. Kate's community and was on Alumnae Relation's Board of Directors from 1997–2000.
Despite the considerable number of well-deserved honors and accolades that span her athletic career — from the Minnesota Tennis Hall of Fame to the Wilson International Tennis Hall of Fame —Arth values humility and stresses her enjoyment of the sport as the primary motivation for her career in tennis.
St. Catherine University Athletic Hall of Fame profile: Jeanne Arth
The Wheel: "Behind the racket: Interview with national and international champion tennis player and alumna Jeanne Arth" [link to The St. Kate's Wheel Facebook post]
"Oral History of Jeanne Arth Interview with Jeanne Arth," by Allys Swanson & Sharon L. Van Oteghen
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