Mr. Gates received the Purdue University Doctor of Laws, honorary degree on May 11, 1988. He was a pioneer sportscaster and community leader. The Hilliard Gates Sports Center was named in his honor. In 1953 he was the first person to appear on live television in Fort Wayne. Earnings from an endowment established in 1993 in his honor have provided funds that have been pooled with other resources to provide scholarships for student athletes.
Source: Stepping-Stones; A Self-Guided Walking Tour of the IPFW Campus.