Walter D. Long ’63
Leadership On And Off The Fields. According to his peers, Walter Long ‘63 invested himself in athletics the same way he invested himself in academics and all other aspects of school life. In the words of one classmate, “In our era, he was the epitome of all the ideals that Pingry espoused. We all admired and respected him for his leadership—athletic and otherwise.” Walter earned eight varsity letters during his PIngry career: three for football, three for basketball, and two for lacrosse. Of the three years he played football, the 1960 team won every game and tied once, and the 1961 and 1962 teams lost only one game each. He served as Pingry’s quarterback during his junior and senior years and was captain of the basketball team in his junior year. Walter made the All-State football team in his junior and senior years, and he continued to play football and lacrosse at Wesleyan University. He also demonstrated leadership off the field. He was elected to the student council all four years of high school, served as class president in his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and was elected Student Body President his senior year. All of these accomplishments earned him a nomination for The Class of 1902 Emblem Award. After graduating from Pingry, Walter became a major presence in the local community. From 1982 to 1991, he served as a Pingry trustee. In 1996, he was elected Mayor of Summit, New Jersey, a position he held until 2003. During his tenure as Mayor, Walter received numerous awards for his service to the community. For four decades, he was the President of Travelong of Summit, Inc.