Tennis team nets Hattersley Award
July 14, 2012
The Haverford School tennis team received the Gordon B. Hattersley Jr. '48 Award, given to the varsity sports team with the highest academic average. The award was presented during the spring sports assembly in Centennial Hall.
The award honors the memory of Gordon B. Hattersley Jr., whose generosity to the School will not be forgotten. Twelve years ago, Hattersley and his wife, Beverly, made a $1.3 million challenge grant to The Campaign for Haverford and received naming rights to the School’s swimming pool, which they named in memory of former 40-year swim coach Joseph D. McQuillen.
Hattersley came to Haverford in his sophomore year from Oak Park, Ill. An enthusiastic swimmer, he swam breaststroke and relay for Haverford’s team. He was also a contributor to the School’s newspaper, the Index, and the yearbook, the Haligoluk, was a member of Current Events and Dramatics clubs, Glee Club, Three Fours singing group, Student Council, Signet Society, and was on the Honor Roll. He received a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he was president of the M.B.A. Club, named Distinguished Military Student, and subsequently served in the U.S. Air Force. Hattersley served on Haverford’s Alumni Association Executive Committee and in later years was president of The Wharton Graduate Alumni Association and vice president of the University of Pennsylvania General Alumni Association.
In his business career, Hattersley and a partner built Uniform Tube Inc. into a major force, first in ferrous and nonferrous metal tubing and tubular parts industries, and subsequently in coaxial cable, microwave components for medical, aviation, and consumer electronics, as well as starting and acquiring a number of companies in diverse industries.
Hattersley’s philanthropy extended beyond The Haverford School, where he was a member of the School’s Heritage Society, comprised of members of the School community who included Haverford in their estate plans. He served on the boards of The Paoli Memorial Hospital, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and other institutions, and was instrumental in founding The Community Volunteers in Medicine, a health-care facility to provide medical and dental care to the uninsured and underinsured people of Chester County.