Charles “Red” Eaton Silvia (January 3, 1911—June 16, 1998) earned his BS (1934) and MPE (1940) from Springfield College and began working there in 1937. In 1949, he published “Life Saving & Water Safety Today.” As one of the nation’s outstanding swim coaches, he coached more than two-hundred Springfield College athletes to All-American status. In 1956, he served as Assistant Coach of the United States Olympic Swimming Team. Silvia also coached Dr. Davis Hart to his record-breaking English Channel swim from England to France in 1972. He has been honored as NCAA District I Coach of the Year (1970), was named to the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame (1973), and served as the chairman of the board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Silvia has received numerous other accolades for his coaching achievements, including being named Springfield College’s Distinguished Professor of Humanics in 1976. Wendell D. Mansfield earned his bachelors at Springfield in 1925. After graduation, he worked at Winchester High School. Mansfield earned his masters from New York University in 1932. In 1936, he began working at Springfield College. Two years later, he left to teach at Bates College in Maine. However, in February 1941 he returned to his alma mater to teach. Three years later, he resigned and took a position at Pomfret School in Connecticut. Erastus Windle Pennock (April 6, 1890—October 31, 1960) was born in Chicago and went to school in Pennsylvania before attending Springfield College (then called the International YMCA College), where he graduated in 1914. Pennock completed his graduate work at Springfield College, Columbia University, and Kentucky University. After graduating, he served in the United States Army Field Artillery. After World War I, Pennock taught physical education, first at a YMCA and then at the Peabody High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1925, he became a faculty member at his alma mater, where he taught physical education and coached wrestling, football, and track and field. During World War II, he took a leave of absence from the college to serve in the Surgeon General’s Office of the War Department. In 1959, Pennock was awarded Springfield College’s Tarbell Medallion Award, which is presented to alumni who have given meritorious service to the college.
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