1935-1961 - Lost Lettermen


October 5th, 2008| by

1935: Jay Berwanger (Chicago) – Former owner of car parts manufacturer died in 2002 at age 88

1936: Larry Kelley (Yale) – High school English teacher and worked in glove-manufacturing industry, died in 2000 at age 85 of apparent suicide

1937: Clint Frank (Yale) – Owned Chicago advertising company, passing away in 1992 at age 76

1938: Davey O’Brien (TCU) – Worked for FBI before dying of cancer in 1977 at age of 60

1939: Nile Kinnick (Iowa) – Died at age of 24 during Naval training flight in Venezuela in 1943


1940: Tom Harmon (Michigan) – L.A. sportscaster passed away in 1990 at age 70

1941: Bruce Smith (Minnesota) – Served in WWII, died in 1967 of cancer (age 47)

1942: Frank Sinkwich (Georgia) – Former Marine and college football coach died at age 70 in 1990

1943: Angelo Bertelli (Notre Dame) – Owned New Jersey liquor stores before passing away in 1999 (age 78)

1944: Les Horvath (Ohio State) – Southern California dentist passed away in 1995 (age 73)

1945: Doc Blanchard (Army) – Air Force veteran passed away on April 19, 2009 in Texas of pneumonia (age 84)

1946: Glenn Davis (Army) – L.A. Times special events director died in 2005 from prostate cancer (age 80)


1947: John Lujack (Notre Dame) – Retired, avid golfer resides in Indian Wells, CA (age 85)

1948: Doak Walker (Southern Methodist) – Tragically died in skiing accident in Sept. 1998 (age 71)

1949: Leon Hart (Notre Dame) – Worked in car manufacturing in Michigan, died in 2002 (age 73)

1950: Vic Janowicz (Ohio State) – Had short stints in MLB and NFL before serious brain injury in 1956 car wreck left him partially paralyzed – he passed away of cancer in 1996 (age 66)

1951: Dick Kazmaier (Princeton) – President of family investment company Kazmaier Associates in Concord, MA (age 79)


1952: Billy Vessels (Oklahoma) – Worked in horse racing business and real estate in South Florida before dying of heart failure in 2001 (age 70)

1953: John Lattner (Notre Dame) – Regular contributor in Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and resides in Melrose Park and Anna Maria Island, FL (age 77)

1954: Alan Ameche (Wisconsin) – Scored winning TD in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” then started a hamburger chain before passing away of heart attack in 1988 at 55

1955: Howard Cassady (Ohio State) – Nicknamed “Hopalong,” former baseball scout and minor league first base coach now retired and living in Tampa, FL at age 76

1956: Paul Hornung (Notre Dame) – Real estate investor in Louisville (74) who made headlines in 2004 when he said Notre Dame “must get the black athletes” and recently called the most undeserving Heisman winner ever by the AP

1957: John David Crow (Texas A&M) – Former college coach and AD, now retired and living in College Station, TX (age 75)

1958: Pete Dawkins (Army) – Former U.S. Army General Officer and Vice Chairman of Citigroup bank now lives in Rumson, NJ (age 72)

1959: Billy Cannon (LSU) – He served time in federal prison for an ‘80s counterfeiting scheme and is now an orthodontist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (age 73)

1960: Joe Bellino (Navy) – Served in Navy 28 years, retired and lives in Bedford, MA (age 72)

1961: Ernie Davis (Syracuse) – Died in 1962 of leukemia at age 23, subject of 2008 movie “The Express”









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