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Graeme Hammond

Graeme Hammond (Executive.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 1, 1858; died, New York, NY, Oct. 30, 1944.)  A standout athlete at Columbia (1875-78), Graeme Hammond later became a national fencing champion and one of America’s leading amateur athletics executives.  Hammond ran track, rowed crew, and played football at Columbia, winning the I.C.4A. quarter-mile and half-mile in […]

Kevin DeMarrais

Kevin DeMarrais (Public relations.  Born, Teaneck, NJ, July 13, 1942.)  Now established as a business writer for The Record of Hackensack, N.J., Kevin Gerard DeMarrais had a long history of sports public relations.  DeMarrais served as an assistant at the old International Soccer League in the summer of 1964 following his graduation from Columbia.  He […]

Bob Cottingham

Bob Cottingham (Fencing.  Born, Orange, NJ, Apr. 19, 1966.)  A Columbia fencer, Robert Cottingham was the N.C.A.A. men’s sabre champion in 1988 as the Lions won their second straight N.C.A.A. title.  With Marc Kent winning the foil and Jon Normile the epee that year, Columbia became the first school since 1961 to sweep the three weapons […]

Nicholas Murray Butler

Nicholas Murray Butler (College athletics.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Apr. 2, 1862; died, New York, NY, Dec. 7, 1947.)  Known largely for his lengthy tenure as president of Columbia University, Nicholas Murray Butler also had an active interest in athletics, especially football.  Butler ordered the football program dropped after the 1905 season following a wave of deaths […]

Philip J. Burke

Philip J. Burke (Public relations.  Born, Yonkers, NY, Jan. 11, 1935; died, Millville, DE, Aug. 23, 2000.)  A Fordham graduate who became Columbia’s sports information director, Philip John Burke was sports editor of the Sunday Sun of Teaneck, N.J., from 1958-60.  Burke was with Columbia for over four years (1960-64) before joining the public relations staff […]

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