Charles B. Atwater ’31
From Athlete to Headmaster Charles “Charlie” Atwater embodied the spirit of Pingry throughout his life from his athletic and academic prowess as a student to his leadership style as Pingry’s headmaster. Charlie played football in 1929 and 1930; and baseball and hockey in 1930 and 1931. He was the manager of the basketball team for 1931 in addition to serving as the 1931 class and student council president. He was also in the Dramatic Club, on the Publications Board, the Executive Committee, the Senior Pin Committee and earned both the Whitlock Algebra Prize and the E.S. Atwater Football Trophy. The 1931 Bluebook describes Charlie in glowing terms, yet none more complimentary as “...he is easily one of the most likeable men in school.” The yearbook notes that Charlie was the best center that the Pingry football team had had for years, and was a defensive bulwark on the hockey team. He was one of the “nuclei” around which the coaches built a successful baseball team. Later, he would offer those strong qualities in the leadership role as headmaster from 1961 to 1970. Charlie was, and is, an example for all generations.