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April 29, 2000

Whit Cobb
Alumni Service Award winner Whit Cobb '50 flanked by President Vagt and Alumni Association President Andy McElwee.

The Olympics had Jim Thorpe, but Davidson had Whit Cobb. Whether the sport was basketball, tennis, or track, Davidson had the advantage. Pictures of him in his student days show a skinny kid with a huge smile. Neither his lack of a hulking physique nor his frequent asthma attacks kept Whit from leading his teams to success.

In his years at Davidson Whit earned an unequalled twelve letters (four each in three sports), the Tommy Peters Award, and recognition as the Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and 1950 doubles champion with his tennis partner and classmate Bo Roddey. He became a charter member of the Davidson Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1985 was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, beating out a list of nominees which included Arnold Palmer.

Even if he had accomplished only a fraction of what he did on the courts and the track, Whit's record of lifelong participation in everything that makes Davidson special would be hard to match. He was president of his class twice, student body president and vice-president, Alumni Association board member, class secretary, Annual Fund chair and agent, Durham alumni chapter president, regional campaign committee member in the Campaign for Davidson, and member of his 40th and 50th Reunion committees. Not least, his brief and usually funny handwritten notes, often accompanying a clipping or other item of interest, have brightened the days of many Davidson classmates, friends, and staff for almost fifty years.

Because you have so long inspired the College family with your skill and good humored determination, and because your modesty and warmth make you one of Davidson's best all-round representatives, the Davidson College Alumni Association proudly honors you, Paul Whitlock Cobb, with the Alumni Service Award on the occasion of the Class of 1950's 50th Reunion, April 29, 2000.

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