Hall of Fame: Dr. Paul Withington (1905)

Believe it or not, Dr. Paul played on Punahou’s 1903 varsity squad at the tender age of 15 – when there was no age limit. This was a precursor of the fame he was to achieve as an outstanding all-around athlete, physician and writer. At Harvard, he was a three-year, first string tackle and center winning nomination as a center to Walter Camp’s 1909 All American Second Team (barely missing out First Team honors); a member of the varsity senior 8 rowing team and winner of the 1909 Harvard Rowing Association’s gold medalist award; captain of the 1909 swimming squad; 1909 New England amateur heavyweight wrestling champion; and Harvard’s best long-distance runner.
This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1980 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.

In the years following his graduation from Harvard all his accomplishments in football, rowing, tennis and yachting would fill a full page of this bulletin. Here are just a few. Football coach: Harvard, Wisconsin, AEF 89th Division Camps (France-WWI), Outrigger Canoe Club, Town Team, University of Hawaii, Columbia University, Punahou. Rowing: Grand Challenge Cup Finals – Royal Henley Regatta (England); captain, Union Boat Club (Boston), stroke-Myrtle senior crew (Honolulu); and Hawaii Single Scull Champion. Yachting: two Transpac Races; commodore, Pearl Harbor Yacht Club; member, Waikiki Yacht Club. Boxing: chairman of Hawaii Boxing Commission. The Punahou School physician for many years, he was the recipient of ‘O’ in Life award in 1965.

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