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Dr. Lucio Margallo speaks at the Dakota Wesleyan Hall of Fame induction banquet Saturday at the Sherman Center in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)
Dr. Lucio Margallo speaks at the Dakota Wesleyan Hall of Fame induction banquet Saturday at the Sherman Center in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

Margallo honored by Wesleyan as contributor

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For nearly 30 years Dr. Lucio Margallo has been a constant figure at Dakota Wesleyan University events and is almost always sitting in the south side bleachers under the basket at Tiger basketball home games in the Corn Palace.

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Margallo, who has served as DWU team physician since 1985 when he moved to Mitchell, was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame as a contributor Saturday at the Sherman Center on the University’s campus.

“When I do things, I don’t do them for the awards,” Margallo said, adding that he has received many acknowledgments throughout his career. “I would put this as one of the top awards I have received.”

Other DWU Hall of Fame inductees included Emily (Janseen) Petoske (women’s basketball), Michael Slaughter (men’s basketball) and Jack Mitchell (football).

Margallo, a native of the Philippines is also the team physician for the Mitchell High School athletic teams. All of his work with Tiger athletics is on a volunteer basis and he works as a doctor of medicine at the Delaney Clinic and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

“You are the leader,” Margallo said about his DWU family during his induction speech. “You see what you see, inside and outside and that is beautiful.”

Margallo said he was jokingly asked by another DWU hall of famer, “What sports do you play?” Margallo just laughed and said none.

DWU athletic director Curt Hart gave the introduction for Margallo, calling him not only a wonderful physician but a true friend as well.

“I don’t think we’ll ever see another one like him,” Hart said.

In a highlight of the evening, Margallo took to the stage for his induction and his speech culminated in song. He talked about the love he holds for his wife Claudette and spoke of how wonderful it is to serenade a woman that you love. Margallo broke into song, singing a verse of “That’s All”.

The performance brought smiles and the loudest roar of the evening from the crowd.

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