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December 22, 1958
Meet them here in vignette, with then-and-now pictures: 25 football players of 25 years ago who today serve their fellows as lawyers and judges, ranchers and executives, soldiers and theologians, medical men and atomic scientists
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December 22, 1958

1933-58 Men Of Achievement

Meet them here in vignette, with then-and-now pictures: 25 football players of 25 years ago who today serve their fellows as lawyers and judges, ranchers and executives, soldiers and theologians, medical men and atomic scientists

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Active then, active now is the way the Silver Anniversary men must be characterized as a group. As undergraduates they achieved good balance between studies and work, sport and campus leadership. Twenty of the 25 held part-time jobs or worked through summer vacations to help pay their way. Eight of them won academic scholarships (only four had athletic scholarships) and five wound up Phi Beta Kappa. Outside football season, almost all won letters in other sports; they played hockey, baseball and basketball, wrestled, ran, jumped, heaved the shot.

As career men today they put in an average "work week" of a solid 65 hours, including in some cases heavy contributions of time to community affairs. They have a good deal less time for outdoor sport than they had as undergraduates (and as one result average 14 pounds heavier than in football days). But they are golfers, swimmers, tennis players, fishermen and—in a world of expanding suburbias—home gardeners, leaf rakers, Mr. Fixits. All have married (at the average age of 26), and they are the fathers of 34 sons, 32 daughters.

As Depression era undergraduates their average tuition, board and room costs came to $775. Their sons and daughters will have to pay more than twice that, but Pop should be able to raise the money. The average income of the 20 award men who were willing to reveal their incomes is $37,000, and the figure would likely be even higher if all had replied. Here they are in vignette:

California rancher

It was no part of Keith Mets's plan that he would become a rancher; he wanted to be a doctor. But in his second year at Harvard Medical School his father died, and Mets headed back to the Imperial Valley to get the crops in. His farming operations grew so quickly that he never returned to Harvard. Instead, he pioneered the production of flax in the Imperial Valley, was soon setting world records for its production. He now farms 3,500 acres in a diversified crop program, breeds Charolaise and Charbray steers, is president of the Imperial Valley Farmers' Association. Not quite forgetting his medical school aims, he is also president of the Imperial Valley Tuberculosis Association, as well as an adviser to the government on irrigation and fair treatment of migratory Mexican labor. An old tackle, Mets says: "The training gained in football is of value, regardless of what fields of endeavor one may enter."

Professor of theology, University of Chicago

Bernard Loomer was the quarterback and take-charge man for Bates 25 years ago. Now he is a University of Chicago theologian teaching courses in constructive theology, the theology of Barth, Tillich, Bultmann and Niebuhr, the philosophy of Plato, Hegel, Aristotle, Kant and Whitehead in relation to the Christian faith. He is working on two books, Integrity, Community and Education and The Structure of the Christian Faith. Theologian Loomer also has some thoughts about sport: too many people think of it as just a recess from more earnest business. "This is heresy. There are enough critics of the arts; we could use more well-trained critics of athletics. For in sport, life is just as significant as it is anywhere else, and the tensions are just as real as in any other phase. Sport itself is an aspect of the full human life." In a full life of his own, Loomer also lectures to undergrads at Knox College.

Vice-president, United States Steel Corporation

As a triple-threat halfback, senior class president and honor student, Speed Myers was a well-rounded man at Bucknell. He coached an amateur football team on the side in his first years at U.S. Steel, where he began as a trainee in the sprawling, historic Homestead plant. As the steel industry recovered from the Depression, Myers had less and less time for coaching. He moved up through the ranks at U.S. Steel, this year was elected vice-president in charge of personnel for the 220,000-employee corporation. Myers and U.S. Steel search for "the uncommon man—especially in research." But prevailingly they look for "generalists," people of diversified abilities. Today Myers keeps diversified by playing golf and squash, by serving as an officer of his church and of a mill town community house, as a member of industry-wide committees on safety and employment of the handicapped.

Chairman of geological sciences, Caltech

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