William J. Corbet ’21
Pingry’s Greatest Athlete. Bill Corbet was fast, agile and above all, had an intense competitive spirit When he lost, he was never defeated. He loved athletics, relished competition, and even as an eighth grader, caught the eye of varsity coaches. Bill was more than extraordinary; he was unique! It is difficult to imagine playing on nineteen varsity teams: six years of football, six years of baseball, three years of track, three years of basketball, and a year of tennis. He was also elected captain of five teams. Bill remained devoted to Pingry throughout his life. He served on the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees and, from 1940 through 1952, was Assistant Football Coach. Bill was given a special citation by the fathers of the 1950 unbeaten football squad for the “spirit of fair play” and “character” he instilled in their sons. In 1961, Bill was presented the Alumni’s highest honor, his Letter in Life. The Award cited his wise counsel, sustained interest, ready acceptance of responsibility, and his example of selflessness. Bill Corbet was all of that, and remains Pingry’s greatest athlete.