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Inducted in 1980 … Tappan Zee H.S., Class of 1956 … Munson accomplished more athletically by age 16 than most people do in a lifetime … champion trapshooter … in 1949, at age 10, he won the junior championship of the Rockland Shooting Club in Orangeburg … at age 11, he captured the New York State Junior Championship and the state Junior Yardage Championship, both at Buffalo … at age 12, he was runner-up in the Junior Championship of America at the New York Athletic Club in Travers Island, New York City … the same year, 1951, he won the New York State Handicap Championship in Canandaigua … Munson went on to win the New York State Junior Championship in 1952 and 1953, and won the Junior Championship of America in 1954 … in 1953, at age 14, he was overall High Gun on Championship Day, breaking the final 125 targets without a miss to break a tie with four other competitors … other top performances included winning the J. Fred Geist trophy at the Rockland Shooting Club in 1951; finishing second in the state Junior Championship in Syracuse in 1949; runner-up in the Wayne County (Pa.) Trapshooting Championship, also in 1949; and winning the Class C Championship of the North Jersey Gun Club in 1950, at age 12 … he learned to shoot clay targets at age 9, in a quarry in Garnerville, using a .410 gauge shotgun, under the guidance of his father, Dr. Albert W. Munson … all of Munson’s competition shooting was done using a Winchester Model 12 trap gun in 12 gauge … he retired from active competition following the 1954 Championships of America … after graduation from Tappan Zee, Munson attended Colgate and then dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, and became a dentist in private practice, first with his father in Sparkill, then in Brattleboro, Vt.