Governor of Vermont
After an unusually brief political apprenticeship by Vermont standards, Republican Robert Stafford, 46, last year became the 74th (and second-youngest) governor of his state. Since then he has won a reputation as a "strong" governor by the skill with which he has steered his liberal legislative program through the Assembly. Stafford, a lawyer in private life, served Navy hitches in both World War II and Korea. His immediate concern is preparing for a special session of the legislature next month to consider the "critical" highway-financing program. As an able politician with a very bright future he has almost no free time. What leisure he has is spent with his four-daughter family and in playing tennis and skiing. But one Saturday this fall ex-Tackle Stafford slipped away and watched his college beat Vermont, to conclude its most successful season in many a year.
ROBERT M. STILLMAN
UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
Major General, USAF
As commander of the Lackland Air Force Base, where all airmen (92,000 last year) must start their service careers, Robert Stillman, the first man of his class to attain general officer rank, is part businessman, part public-relations expert, part flyer and, by inclination, a full-time educator. "American youngsters need to hurt a little, to get really pooped, to be occasionally worked to a frazzle," he explains. Because such pressures are not a part of the normal educational routine, Stillman considers football invaluable: "It is the anvil on which you hammer out character." No spit-and-polish martinet, General Stillman is a rugged, alert combat commander (and former commandant at West Point), whose favorite sport, as a matter of fact, happens to be squash racquets and whose personal definition of a middle-aged athlete is a bowler whose average exceeds his golf score.
FRANCIS (PUG) LUND
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Insurance executive, Minneapolis
As a triple-threat halfback on Bernie Bierman's powerhouse, Pug Lund was everybody's All-America, a fierce competitor who could do everything. "You might break him in two," said Bierman, "but you couldn't stop him." Highlight of the Gopher season was Lund's touchdown pass against Pitt which boosted Minnesota to a 13-7 victory and the national championship. With the game tied in the closing minutes, Lund took a lateral from Quarterback Glenn Seidel on a razzle-dazzle play and fired 18 yards to End Bob Tenner, who crashed into the end zone. Lund considers his years of football "the finest experience of my life but not an end in itself." Now a general agent for New England Mutual Life in the Minneapolis area, he has retained his competitive drive, sets a goal of one new client a week. He backs alumni activities but shuns involvement in all football politics.
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
This time of year, as he puts a new ship and a new crew through their seagoing paces, the thoughts of Slade Cutter are very much with football, especially with Naval Academy football, over which he presided as athletic director until recently. Slade Cutter is a big man, an articulate and outspoken man, an outstanding wartime submarine commander (four Navy Crosses) and a convinced proponent of big-time football. "There was a time," explains Cutter, "when I questioned whether you could maintain high academic standards and at the same time play big-time football. Now I know it can be done, but it's hard. You can dig both out of a boy who has the talents. Notre Dame does it." To Slade Cutter, the man whose 1934 field goal defeated Army for the first time since 1921, the ideal of excellence through competition is a most important fact of life.
President, Natl. Bank & Trust Co. of Fairfield County, Conn.
Husky, vigorous Ben Blackford was a 205-pound end for a St. Lawrence team that battled such larger schools as Cornell and Colgate. "We had about 12 good players," Blackford recalls, "and there was no question of your leaving the ball game. I think I was substituted for about once a season." Now 15 pounds heavier, he has never abandoned the sound-mind, sound-body principle: "Business is a rough game physically, and in football I learned the importance of staying in shape. In business today you don't go anywhere if you lack vigor and determination." Despite the pressures of banking and other business responsibilities, Blackford serves as a trustee of St. Lawrence and the Williams College School of Banking. Now that he has hauled his sailboat out of the water, cleaned and put away his golf clubs, Blackford increases his daily walking stint to keep trim.
ODELL M. CONOLEY
Brigadier General, USMC
In the '30s, the Marine Corps each year offered regular commissions to three of Texas A&M's top honor students. "Dog Eye" Conoley, a beefy but highly mobile running guard, accepted happily, and began his career as a Marine lieutenant and football player at San Diego, saw subsequent service in China. Sent to the Pacific in 1942, he led his troops through some of the bitterest engagements of that theater, earned the Navy Cross in the Solomon Islands and the Silver Star at Cape Gloucester. Now assistant division commander of the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, Conoley tackles rugged maneuvers with a leatherneck's determination. During one exercise this fall he operated three days and nights while soaked to the skin. "We use competitive sports, any type we can get. When you see the percentage of men rejected for service, it's rather frightening."
CHARLES S. COATES
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Chairman, Trans-Canada Pipe Line, Ltd.
Texas oil and natural gas, Texas cattle and quarter horses and Texas football were and are an important, and a good, part of Charles Coates' life. Coates played center on a Texas team that beat Notre Dame 7-6, started as a roughneck in the oil field, glad to get a job in Depression times. He advanced quickly through production and management ranks of several oil and natural gas companies, became executive vice-president of Trans- Canada, then president. There Coates was responsible for a truly magnificent engineering accomplishment: the construction of the world's longest natural-gas pipeline, built at a cost of $375 million, which snakes from Alberta to Quebec. Last year Coates (a semiretired millionaire at 46) turned the presidency over to a Canadian associate, settled down to the cattle and horses on his ranch, still puts in 50 to 60 hours a week on business.
H. LEO DICKISON
Director of Laboratories, Bristol Laboratories, Syracuse, N.Y.
This fall has been the most satisfying in Dr. Dickison's life. Last month, before the seventh annual antibiotic symposium in Washington, D.C., he was able to detail his company's success in developing synthetic penicillin, a headline-making advance in antibiotic therapy. A brilliant student and aggressive offensive guard at Vanderbilt, he later became assistant professor of pharmacology at his university's medical school, joined Bristol in 1946. Like almost every other fellow award winner, Dickison strongly favors a basic liberal arts education, even for the would-be scientist, concurs that athletic ability is a talent like any other and should be recognized as such by colleges. Since moving North, Dickison has become a skier and a competitive sailor (Flying Dutchman class) "because the concentration they require is very relaxing," also refinishes antique furniture.
SIDNEY N. TOWLE
Associate Headmaster, Kent School, Kent, Conn.
Every prospect of Sidney Towle's mint-new job pleases him except that since his charges are all girls he cannot field a football team. Coeducation is a radical departure from tradition by Kent School, a bastion of Episcopal Church education. When Kent trustees last year voted for a girls' division, they asked Towle, then a Boston trustee and lawyer, to head the finance campaign. He took a six-month leave of absence, did the job so well he was asked to head the new division. Towle, a man of varied good causes, reflected that "there are many, many lawyers, too few headmasters" and accepted. Twenty-five years ago Towle, then a 170-pound back, savored a 14-0 victory over Harvard. This fall he is interviewing prospective students, showing parents the school, editing proofs of the school's catalog—and pondering Yale's recent loss to its classic football enemy.