Legendary athletic director Hen Bream profiled in book by Prof. Michael Birkner

Longtime Gettysburg College Athletic Director Hen Bream is the subject of a new book by history Prof. Michael Birkner.

"For roughly half a century, the name Hen Bream was indelibly linked with Gettysburg College athletics," Birkner writes in Building Men: Hen Bream and Gettysburg College Athletics. "As a student in the 1920s, then during a long tenure as a coach and finally as Gettysburg's athletic director from 1953 to 1969, Bream contributed materially to Gettysburg's impressive record."

A chapter, "‘This Darn War Won't Last Forever': Hen Bream's Boys and World War II" is available online. The book is available in the Gettysburg College Bookstore.

Birkner, a 1972 graduate of Gettysburg College, is its Benjamin Franklin Professor of Liberal Arts as well as a professor of history.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With some 2,500 students, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2010

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