Bob Sharp is glad that he went out for football and wishes more young scientists would do the same. As a quarterback in an early version of the T formation, Sharp handled the ball on nearly all plays. Since the rules of the game were weighted in favor of brute force in 1933 (five-yard penalty for two incomplete passes in a series, loss of the ball if you passed incomplete into the end zone), the 165-pound Sharp spent a good part of each game flat on his back under the charge of incoming enemy tackles. Today, he is one of the ablest, most popular teachers at Caltech, a U.S. member of the panel on glaciology for the International Geophysical Year. He says: "I think most young scientists need what you get from football—the news that you have got to be as determined as hell and that there is a certain poise and aggressiveness that is desirable. I know no better way to get this."
GLEN S. PETERS
New York State lumber manufacturer
Glen Peters saw a lot of the world and a lot of combat (six battle stars) with the U.S. Navy in World War II. After that he faced a sharp decision: whether to go for advancement in the big national company that employed him before the war or to try business for himself in western New York where he was born. Scraping together the down payment, Peters purchased a lumber mill in the town of Arcade, enlarged his scope by the purchase or founding of four more companies in the next 10 years. A model of the small businessman who brings growth and leadership to his community, Glen Peters has also busied himself in attracting branch plants of major U.S. industry to Arcade. One civic challenge Peters has not yet accepted is to run for mayor; like many a businessman he thinks himself "too busy." But he still finds time to watch high school football, urge and assist boys to enter Colgate.
WILLIAM C. EMBRY
Manufacturer and civic leader, Louisville
The teamwork and drive he learned as an end at Dartmouth have, in Bill Embry's own mind, been "part of the maturing process" and transferable assets in his life. His job now, as general manager of the Louisville division of the Alton Box Board Co., involves the characteristic decisions of the executive. In addition Embry devotes himself to the life of his city and state. He was a chairman of the Louisville Board of Education when the Supreme Court decision of 1954 ordered desegregation; Embry insisted that "thinking and planning must start right now," and Louisville's orderly execution of the Court's mandate has been outstanding. Today, a past president of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and a leader in the Red Cross, he is a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, secretary of his Dartmouth class, president of the General Association of all Dartmouth alumni.
HENRY W. HARDING
Electronics manufacturer, Boston
Halfback Harding belongs to one of the fine football teams in Hamilton history; the Continentals had a 6-1 season in 1933. But Harding will be remembered even longer at Hamilton as a man who has made his way in the world and has never ceased to interest himself, through alumni councils, in the welfare of his old college. Upon graduation he took a job at $27.50 a week as an executive trainee at General Electric, soon discovered the capacities that have led him to success as the reorganizer and developer of industrial firms. Today he is president of the Laboratory for Electronics, Inc. of Boston, which this year received a $23 million Air Force contract for navigation equipment, one of the largest since the war. Golfer Harding (handicap 15) mumbles that he should have spent more time playing the game in college, but proudly observes that a son has the makings of a halfback.
C. DEAN McNEAL
Executive vice-president, Pillsbury Mills
KANSAS STATE COLLEGE
As an undergraduate Dean McNeal specialized in line play and in mastering the intricacies of agricultural economics. He stayed on at Kansas State for a while to teach but soon went to work on commodity forecasts for industry. Today, after wartime service with OPA, McNeal is an executive vice-president of Pillsbury Mills. On weekdays, he concerns himself with such things as the buying of wheat, the processing of feeds and the probabilities of the commodity market; on weekends he tramps over the Minnesota countryside in pursuit of ducks, pheasant and bass, depending on season—except on Sunday mornings, when he turns up in his Minneapolis church to lead the junior high school division of its Sunday school. Executive McNeal admits that he leans toward hiring young men with athletic backgrounds "because I believe they will think and act more decisively."
JOHN M. LEWIS
Ceramics manufacturer, Abingdon, Ill.