Ivy Football Association Honors King
The Ivy Football Association, a partnership of football alumni organizations from the eight Ivy League institutions, held its inaugural dinner in New York City in late January and made Bill King '63 one of the charter honorees.
King was a two-time All-Ivy League quarterback and captain of Dartmouth's undefeated Ivy League championship team in 1962. He now chairs Dartmouth's board of trustees and is a prominent lawyer in Richmond, Va.
Nearly 700 people attended the dinner that recognized the unique aspects of Ivy League football and honored the history, tradition and heritage of the League.
"In honoring me, you honor my teammates and coaches, as well as those who came before me and those who have followed, in the rich tradition and rewarding experience of Dartmouth football that has contributed so much to our lives," said King.
King offered special recognition for his late coach, Bob Blackman. "He helped shape the direction of Ivy League football 40 years ago," said King. "He was a remarkable and innovative coach. Though we didn't realize it at the time, he was a teacher and mentor who would have a profound impact on our lives."
The dinner, to be held annually, recognizes a distinguished alumnus from each Ivy university who played varsity football as an undergraduate (not necessarily as a star or even a starter) and has achieved prominence in his chosen field.
Joining King as honorees at the dinner were: Joe Paterno, Brown '50; Russ Warren, Columbia '62; Dick Loynd, Cornell '50; Dan Jiggetts, Harvard '76; Jim Riepe, Penn '65; John McGillicuddy, Princeton '52; and Kurt Schmoke, Yale '71.
Dartmouth alumni in the Ivy Football Association leadership group include former Big Green running backs Curt Oberg '78 and Rich Weissman '85 and linebacker Mark Abel '97. (Jack DeGange)