John H Emery, Jr. ’44
Gifted Athlete and All-State Gridiron Player Who Knew the True Meaning of Sportsmanship. This outstanding Pingry athlete’s consummate love for sports, his superior natural ability, competitive spirit and powers of concentration were at the heart of his numerous achievements both as a student and an adult. His enthusiasm, appreciation for excellence and graciousness, whether a winner or a loser, remain a lasting example of the meaning of the word “sportsmanship.” While a student at PIngry, he played and lettered in football, tennis, track and basketball where he was always at the center of the action. As a senior, he helped the 1943 Varsity Football Team set a 6-1 season record, giving up their only loss to Newark Academy, and earned recognition and distinction for himself by being named to the All-State Prep School Team. As a tennis player, he had no equal in the eyes of his peers, often placing first in the Private School Tennis matches. After his graduation from Pingry and service to his country with the U.S. Navy, he enjoyed success in both golf and tennis and earned numerous championships at the Morris County Golf Club. He also played squash in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan club leagues and was recognized as an accomplished paddle tennis player.