If there is a distinctive pattern to the lives of the Silver Anniversary All-Americas, the pattern is one of vital activity both as undergraduates and 25 years later. Besides winning their letters in football, 80% took part in other college sports, 72% found time for nonathletic campus activities (student government, debating, journalism, honor societies), and 80% worked at remunerative part-time jobs to meet board bills or fasten on spending money.
Today virtually all of them find a way to keep physically active, from games to gardening. Golf is the No. 1 game with 60% of them; a quarter of them still work out at the strenuous game of handball; fishing, swimming, tennis and bowling, in that order, are some of their other favorites.
They tended to marry late—half of them took professional or other postgraduate courses—and their median age at marriage was 25. They are the fathers of 36 sons, 37 daughters. Most of those who play golf have golfing wives; ditto with the tennis players, swimmers and bowlers. One or two fishermen, devotees of the classic sport of silence, even take their wives along.
They appear to be in good trim. Their average playing weight as seniors was 182 pounds, their average weight today 194. Though nearly all were married and the fathers of children by World War II, a dozen of them went into military service—not including West Point's Ken Fields and Annapolis' Bill Kane, who were in service already.
Linemen vs. backs? Fourteen of this year's Silver All-Americas were linemen, 11 were backs—just about right, with the backfield's usual mild advantage.
WILLIAM J. GILBANE
Construction company executive, Providence
AS fullback and captain of Brown's strong team (7 won, 1 lost), Bill Gilbane was a campus hero; as a Depression graduate he was glad enough to get a job pouring cement. As the U.S. got on its feet, construction spurted and so did Bill Gilbane and the family Gilbane Building Co. "In my business I have to meet hundreds of people and meet them confidently," he says. "I think I got some of this from football." The other week he traveled 4,000 miles overseeing some $85 million worth of company construction business and soliciting more—but managed to get home by Saturday to referee a neighborhood football game ("My kid's team won 50-34"). Gilbane finds time to lead the United Fund Drive in Providence, take an active part in sessions of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, serve as a trustee of the Brown University Fund, raise six children.
THOMAS H. COULTER
Chief executive, Chicago Association of Commerce
Until his senior year, strapping Tom Coulter had never played college football—track was his sport. He set a new record for the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays, represented his native Canada in the 1932 Olympics. Then Carnegie Tech put him in a football suit, and Coulter became an offensive star in the Tech backfield. After commencement, versatile Coulter headed for the University of Chicago and graduate business studies, earned his way by playing hockey (along with his famous brother Tex) for the Chicago Black Hawks. An enthusiastic adopted Chicagoan, Coulter now serves as executive officer of the Chicago Association of Commerce, largest chamber of commerce in the U.S. Last week, 25 years after football days, he was coordinating the work of 40 committees, laying plans for "seaport Chicago" with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
University of Chicago
Attorney and corporations director, Chicago
Keith Parsons made Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Chicago, but no teacher taught him more than Amos Alonzo Stagg, who was ending 41 years of coaching at Chicago. "Before one of our last big games, Stagg didn't talk football at all. He told us, 'Now you boys are in fine shape, and you have a long life ahead of you. Set your goals and be steadfast to them.' " Keith Parsons' goals were the law, a family and community service. Today, a partner in the firm of Milliken, Vollers & Parsons, a director of corporations and father of three children, Parsons has served as a World War II ordnance officer, community chest chairman, board of education member, church deacon. Though he deplored the decision to drop intercollegiate football at the University of Chicago, he loyally raises funds for his old school, is a past president of the alumni association.
University of Colorado
Investment banking, St. Louis
When George Newton was 3 years old his father died; at 4 he was burned so seriously on the back and legs that he barely lived, was bedfast for two years, was told he'd never walk again. George and his mother had other ideas: she taught him to walk again, to ice skate, to play basketball, finally to ski. At the University of Colorado, George Newton, onetime "hopeless" child cripple, won three letters in basketball, three in football, was twice named All-Conference halfback, made Phi Beta Kappa. After Harvard Law School and service with the Air Force in World War II (major) he is now a partner in the investment firm of G. H. Walker & Co. (whose founder donated the Walker Cup), vice chairman of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, past governor of the St. Louis Community Chest, vestryman of his church, father of a son playing prep school football.
Vice-president and general counsel, Lehigh Valley RR
In the 67-year annals of Cornell football, Bart Viviano stands out as an authentic star. He was All-East fullback in 1931 and 1932, was widely named for the All-Americas in his last year when he captained the Cornell team. Law was his aim and law his business—after graduation from the Cornell Law School in 1936—until World War II. Bart Viviano went on active duty nine months before Pearl Harbor, spent five years as an ordnance officer (major) before he got back to law again. As vice-president and general counsel of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Cornell's fullback of 25 years ago now carries the ball for his railroad on such things as Interstate Commerce Commission rates and regulations, negligence suits, tax litigations. One matter of honest pride: he weighs today just what he weighed as a fullback (195 pounds). One reason: golf.