Dartmouth's plan to build a new intercollegiate soccer facility received a financial boost and a new name recently, thanks to the generosity of Stanley Smoyer '34. Smoyer has committed to donating $4.5 million to name the new facility in honor of Alden "Whitey" Burnham '46A, a coach and administrator at the College from 1960 to 1989. Smoyer's sons were soccer standouts on Burnham's teams in the 1960s.
"We're grateful for Stan's support of the College, particularly its athletics programs, which are an essential component of the Dartmouth experience," says President James Wright. Dartmouth's men's and women's soccer teams have captured six Ivy League championships apiece, the men most recently in 2004 and 2002, the women in 2003, 2001, and 2000.
Located near Scully-Fahey Field on the eastern edge of campus, the new soccer facility will feature a top-quality natural grass pitch, permanent spectator seating, a press box, field lighting, a scoreboard, and space for concessions and restrooms. The cost is projected at $8 million, which includes an endowment to operate and maintain the facility.
Smoyer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth with an AB in history and received a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1937. He is a generous benefactor of the College who has supported the history department's curriculum and programs, Tucker Foundation internships, the Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion, Thompson Arena, and the John W. Berry Sports Center, as well as an endowment fund to bring recognition to athletes and their teams. He also served as president of Dartmouth's Alumni Council in 1975. He and his wife Marjorie live in Princeton, N.J.
Burnham coached wrestling and lacrosse as well as soccer. In 1964, he led Dartmouth's soccer team to its first Ivy League championship. Two of his players from that era were Smoyer's sons, David '63 and Bill '67. An adopted member of the Dartmouth class of 1946, Burnham and his wife Joanne live in Hanover.
Smoyer's commitment helps meet a priority in the College's Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience.
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Last Updated: 5/30/08