Atherton “Toni” Bristol ’41
Recipient of varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball, this class valedictorian, sensitive teacher and dedicated coach has made multiple contributions to Pingry's great tradition of athletics and the meaning of "sportsmanship." As a student, he distinguished himself on the football field by his ability to make perfect passes that seemingly floated directly to his intended receiver. On the basketball court, he earned a reputation among his teammates as “the playmaker of the team.” And in baseball, where he covered third base, he was described by his teammates as “the fellow who goes after everything and gets all chances within reason and some beyond.” He won their respect for “fiery play that stood out and helped keep the team on its toes.” After graduating from Hamilton College, he returned to Pingry in 1946 to teach mathematics in the Middle School and to coach football and lacrosse. Throughout those years, the lives of countless Pingry students and athletes were enriched by his example of modesty, diligence, loyalty, and personal character. In recognition of his high standards and his singular dedication to young people, he received the Letter-In-Life, Pingry’s highest honor, in 1990.