Editor’s note: Charles Lindberg Hanson ’48 was inducted into the Williston Northampton Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 7, 2014 during Reunion weekend. Classmate Stanley Gedney ’48 gave the following acceptance speech during the ceremony.
Extraordinary Athlete, Tough Competitor, Exceptional Friend
Charles Lindberg Hanson was born on the same day that Charles Lindberg touched down in France after making his historic trans-Atlantic solo flight. His parents were so impressed, they named their son after the international hero.
Although Lindy Hanson did not achieve the notoriety of his namesake, he did achieve athletic prominence at Abington High School (MA), Williston Academy, and, later, Boston University. At Abington, Lindy was one of the few football players to gain unanimous All-Scholastic honors, as well as honors in baseball and basketball.
After serving his country in World War II, Lindy Hanson brought his remarkable physical and mental toughness to Williston Academy for two years.
Lindy may have been the finest triple threat back Williston will ever see: A great competitor and inspiration to his classmates; captain of the first undefeated football team in 52 years; captain of a fine basketball team with a 15-1 record and shortstop in baseball; in 1948, he was a Denman Bowl winner.
While at Boston University, Lindy was an outstanding halfback on offense and equally impressive as a defensive back. Lindy captained the team in 1952, earning All East and All New England honors.
Lindy was so much more than an extraordinary athlete. He was friendly to everyone and lightened many moments with his delightful sense of humor. He led by example. In short, he touched out lives in the classroom, in the dorm, on campus, and in the huddle.
We will never forget Lindy and our time at Williston with him. Lindy personified what Williston was, is, and will be to us.