EDWARD W. SUAREZ
Vice-commanding general, Central Air Defense Force
Army went handsomely through a rough schedule in 1931 with sturdy help all season from Right Tackle Suarez. One of the best ways he knows to spend an afternoon, still, is to watch football, but this fall he had to get his games by TV and radio. As a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force—and vice-commander of America's Central Air Defense Force—he was normally on duty or call 24 hours a day at his base near Kansas City, Mo. A native Mississippian appointed to West Point from Alabama, Suarez switched from infantry to Air Corps, served as a colonel in the Strategic Air Force in the Pacific in World War II. Nowadays General Suarez weighs in at 180 pounds, 15 pounds less than Right Tackle Suarez. The Air Force believes in leanness, and the vice-commanding general of the Central Air Defense Force has just knocked off 25 pounds in the national interest.
CLARENCE L. (BIGGIE) MUNN
Director of Athletics, Michigan State University
Biggie Munn, playing his last year for Minnesota, made one of the guard positions on Grant-land Rice's All-America ( Herman Hickman was the other). His career, like that of Coach Ray Eliot (opposite), has been dedicated, and with conviction, to sports ever since. As coach and director of athletics at Michigan State, he has not only been strikingly successful in producing winning teams but in developing assistants who have also become head coaches: Kircher at Washington State, Evashevski at Iowa, Devine at Arizona State, Sebo at Penn, Edwards at North Carolina State and Duffy Daugherty at MSU. Biggie Munn rejects Tad Jones's old dictum, but at Rose Bowl half time in 1954, with his team trailing UCLA, he told his players: "You have 30 minutes left to play, and a lifetime to remember." They roared out and won 28-20.
U.S. Naval Academy
LOUIS J. KIRN
Bullet Lou, they called Kirn when he played halfback for Navy in 1931. He poured out his share of ammunition in World War II, too, won the Distinguished Flying Cross leading his dive bomber squadron from the carrier
and later, after his ship was torpedoed, won the Navy Cross for strikes from Guadalcanal against the Japanese fleet's " Tokyo Express." A fresh test of Kirn's courage came in 1954 when he was hit with a rare inflammatory paralysis known as Guillain-Barr�'s syndrome; Kirn, who could not move a muscle, lived in an iron lung, lost 80 pounds, surprised doctors by pulling through. Then he set himself a rehabilitation schedule that might have worn out an average man. Recovered now, he is finishing studies as a U.S. armed services guest at Britain's Imperial Defence College, takes an Atlantic sea command next month.
ERNEST L. MASSAD
Housing development and oil leases, Oklahoma