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Alumni gift endows Dartmouth football coach position in memory of former coach Bob Blackman

Posted 11/13/00

A gift from a 1968 Dartmouth graduate and former football star has endowed the College's football coaching position in honor of his former coach.

Henry M. "Hank" Paulson, of New York, N.Y., has given $2 million dollars to establish the Robert L. Blackman Endowed Coaching Position at Dartmouth. Announcement of the gift came during a reunion of players from Bob Blackman's 16 years at Dartmouth, held at the College on Nov. 11.

"Bob Blackman inspired in his players a sense of pride and he encouraged them to do their very best," said Dartmouth President James Wright in announcing the gift. "He was a great mentor and we are delighted to be able to endow this position in his name."

Blackman, who died last March at the age of 81, is remembered as Dartmouth football's most successful coach, a master of recruiting, innovation and strategy whose imprint on Ivy League football is indelible.

From 1955-70, Blackman's teams compiled a record of 104 wins, 37 losses and three ties. Those teams, representing the most successful era in Dartmouth football history, won seven Ivy League championships. Three teams -- in 1962, 1965 and 1970 -- were undefeated and untied. The Big Green squads of 1965 and 1970 were also awarded the Lambert Trophy as the outstanding team in Eastern major college football. Among the players on those teams, 45 were named to the All-Ivy first team, including six two-time selections. In addition, six of Blackman's players received All-America recognition.

As a member of Blackman's teams from 1965-67, Hank Paulson was an integral part of Dartmouth's football success.

As a sophomore, in 1965, he led the team in minutes played. In his senior season of 1967, Paulson was named All-Ivy, All-New England and All-East and received the New England Football Coaches Award as Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Paulson's success on the gridiron was matched by his success in the classroom: a citation-winning English major, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded an NCAA scholar-athlete post-graduate fellowship. "Hank represents the Ivy League athletic ideal that Bob Blackman encouraged so effectively in his players," noted President Wright.

Paulson is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs, one of the world's premier financial institutions.

Paulson was one of more than 100 of Blackman's players who returned to Dartmouth November 10-12 for the reunion celebrating the Blackman era.

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