|Title:||Class of 1994|
As a member of the swimming team, George Bliss Emerson accomplished what no other WPI swimmer before him had done-and what no other male swimmer has since achieved. At the national championship meet in 1931, he finished eighth in the breaststroke, and in the process was named an All-American athlete. He was also a member of the medley relay team that in 1930 set a New England Intercollegiate Athletic Association record for the event.
A four-year member of the swimming team, Emerson developed a reputation as a tenacious athlete with the talent and determination to win. "George's grin and grit are a most deceptive pair," the Peddlersaid of him. "A lot of rival swimmers found that out when they accidentally got a little lead on him. None of them ever held that lead after the grin left George's face." A mechanical engineering major at WPI, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Dormitory Committee. After earing his degree in 1932, he built an impressive career as an engineer that took him to Bethlehem Shipbuildings Corp., Monsanto Chemical Corp., and the Bureau of Ships, Navy Department. And in the early days of the Atmoic Age, he attended the Oakridge School of Reactor Technology under the auspices of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. The training stood him well when he was called upon to help develop the U.S.S. Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine.
In honor of his outstanding achievements as an athlete and an engineer, it is with great admiration that WPI posthumously welcomes George Emerson to the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.