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John T. Bethell, firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Joe Burnett spent just a year and a half with our class, but he capped his St. George’s career with a slew of swimming records and the Binney Cup, awarded to the top-ranking scholar in the fifth and sixth forms. He went on to star as a swimmer at Yale, take an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and become professor of dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, specializing in marine venoms. But Joe’s early days at SG were a test of his mettle, as he recalls in the following reminiscence. “I owe a lot to St. George’s, to my classmates, and to four faculty members who had a formative impact on my later life,” Joe writes. “I arrived from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as a late-starting fifth former in January 1949, and my classmates accepted me. I had the luck to meet Jay McLauchlan, who’d been at the school since second form, at the Providence railroad station. He helped me get a bus to Newport, and then a taxi to the school. I arrived near midnight, and the Rev. H. Martin P. Davidson — the school chaplain, universally known as Padre — got me settled in. The late John Lawson, another classmate, taught me the social graces. My mother had fitted me out with a blazer and light-gray trousers, but she didn’t know that the pants should have been dark gray. I’d been recruited to St. George’s by the swimming coach, Norris D. Hoyt, a former NCAA
Above, top to bottom: Dr. Joseph Burnett ’50 as a fifth former on the 1949 Dragon swim team (bottom row, third from right). / Dr. Burnett , professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine still swims every morning.
backstroke champion and captain of Yale’s 1936 swim team. I had been a swimmer in Lancaster and was practicing on my own for local meets, with support from my uncle, a former Lehigh University breaststroker. He suggested I write Bob Kiphuth, the legendary Yale coach who’d won 98 percent of his meets over a 40-year interval. I did so, and got a reply suggesting that I adopt a daily regimen of half-hour workouts. Since I was already swimming three hours daily, that advice fell flat. My uncle, who had recently moved to Wallingford, Connecticut, invited me to visit after Christmas 1948. He introduced me to Dr. Hoyt in New Haven, and we attended a Yale swimming