The Info List - Pete Dawkins

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Peter Miller Dawkins (born March 8, 1938) is an American business executive and former college football player, military officer, and political candidate. Dawkins attended the United States
United States
Military Academy, where he played as halfback on the Army Cadets football team from 1956 to 1958. As a senior in 1958 he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and was a consensus All-America selection. After graduating from the Military Academy in 1959, he studied at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
as a Rhodes Scholar. Dawkins served as an officer in the United States
United States
Army until he retired in 1983 with the rank of brigadier general. He was a Republican candidate for United States Senate in 1988. Dawkins has held executive positions with Lehman Brothers, Bain & Company, Primerica, and Citigroup.


1 Early life, education and athletic career 2 Military career 3 Business career 4 Political career

4.1 Electoral history

5 References 6 External links

Early life, education and athletic career[edit] At age 11, he was successfully treated for polio[1] with aggressive physical therapy. After earning a scholarship, Dawkins entered Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There he was an all-league quarterback, and captain of the baseball team. He graduated from Cranbrook in 1955. Accepted by Yale University, Dawkins chose instead to attend the United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
at West Point. He won high honors, serving as Brigade Commander, president of his class, captain of the football team, and a "Star Man" in the top five percent of his class academically. A cadet is considered outstanding if he attains one of these positions. Dawkins was the only cadet in history to hold all four at once. He was featured in Life Magazine
Life Magazine
and Reader's Digest. Even before his graduation, many predicted he would make general and perhaps even be Army Chief of Staff. Playing as a halfback for head football coach Earl Blaik, Dawkins won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award and was a consensus All-America selection in 1958. Dawkins was also an assistant captain for the hockey team. At Oxford, he won three Blues in rugby union and is credited with popularizing the overarm throw (originally called the "Yankee torpedo pass") into the lineout.[2] Dawkins graduated with a BSc from the Military Academy in 1959 with a very high class-standing, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.[3] He earned a BA at Brasenose College, Oxford
Brasenose College, Oxford
in 1962[3] in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (promoted to an MA in 1968, per tradition) and later earned a Master of Public Affairs in 1970 and a PhD
in 1977 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
at Princeton University
Princeton University
with the dissertation The United States
United States
Army and the "Other" War in Vietnam: A Study of the Complexity of Implementing Organizational Change.[4] Military career[edit]

Capt. Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
in Vietnam, March 1966

After being commissioned from the academy and completing his tenure as a Rhodes Scholar, Dawkins finished Infantry School and Ranger School before being posted for duty in the 82nd Airborne Division. He received two Bronze Stars for Valor for his service in Vietnam and held commands in the 7th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne. From 1971 to 1972, Dawkins, while a lieutenant colonel, was the commander of the 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea. In addition to being an instructor at the academy, he was a White House Fellow
White House Fellow
in the 1973–74 class. During that time, he was chosen to work on a task force, charged with changing the U.S. Army into an all-volunteer force. During the mid 1970s Colonel Dawkins was brigade commander of the 3rd ( "Golden Brigade") of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina that included the 1st and 2nd 505th and 1/508th battalions. In the late 1970s he was 3rd Brigade Commander (War Eagle Brigade, which included the 1/503, 2/503, and 3/187 Infantry Battalions) of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell
Fort Campbell
with the rank of colonel. After serving as the Brigade Commander he became the Chief of Staff for the 101st Airborne Division and was subsequently promoted to brigadier general. In 1966 Dawkins appeared in uniform on the cover of Life Magazine
Life Magazine
and participated in a segment of the U.S. Army "Big Picture" film series, "A Nation Builds Under Fire." This was a short documentary reviewing United States
United States
progress in South Vietnam, narrated by actor John Wayne. Business career[edit] At the conclusion of his 24-year career in the Army, Dawkins retired with the rank of brigadier general in 1983. Following his retirement from the Army, Dawkins took up a position as a partner in the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers,[5] later becoming vice-chairman of Bain & Company. In 1991, he moved on to become chairman and CEO of Primerica. Dawkins was a senior partner at Flintlock Capital Asset Management and is currently a senior advisor for Virtu Financial. Political career[edit] In 1988, he established residence in Rumson, New Jersey
Rumson, New Jersey
as part of an unsuccessful challenge against United States
United States
Senator Frank Lautenberg for his seat in the United States
United States
Senate from New Jersey.[6] The race was notable for the negative tone that emerged from both sides and Lautenberg's criticism of Dawkins's lack of roots in the state. Dawkins lost by an eight-percent margin. Electoral history[edit]

1988 Race for U.S. Senate

Frank Lautenberg
Frank Lautenberg
(D) (inc.), 54% Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
(R), 46%


^ "NFF Announces 2007 Major Awards Recipients". National Football Foundation. 2007-05-17. Archived from the original on 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  ^ Robinson, Joshua (December 9, 2009). "From Harvard's Gridiron to Oxford's Rugby Pitch". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-09.  ^ a b Pete Dawkins ^ Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
Awards ^ Heisman.com - Pete Dawkins ^ Staff. "Panel Formed to Back Senate Bid by Dawkins", The New York Times, April 1, 1987. Accessed September 27, 2015. "Mr. Dawkins is 48 years old and has purchased a home in Rumson."

External links[edit]

Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
at the College Football Hall of Fame Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
at the Heisman Trophy official website

Party political offices

Preceded by Millicent Fenwick Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Jersey (Class 1) 1988 Succeeded by Chuck Haytaian

Pete Dawkins—awards and honors

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Heisman Trophy winners

1935: Berwanger 1936: Kelley 1937: Frank 1938: O'Brien 1939: Kinnick 1940: Harmon 1941: B. Smith 1942: Sinkwich 1943: Bertelli 1944: Horvath 1945: Blanchard 1946: G. Davis 1947: Lujack 1948: D. Walker 1949: Hart 1950: Janowicz 1951: Kazmaier 1952: Vessels 1953: Lattner 1954: Ameche 1955: Cassady 1956: Hornung 1957: Crow 1958: Dawkins 1959: Cannon 1960: Bellino 1961: E. Davis 1962: Baker 1963: Staubach 1964: Huarte 1965: Garrett 1966: Spurrier 1967: Beban 1968: Simpson 1969: Owens 1970: Plunkett 1971: Sullivan 1972: Rodgers 1973: Cappelletti 1974: Griffin 1975: Griffin 1976: Dorsett 1977: Campbell 1978: Sims 1979: C. White 1980: Rogers 1981: Allen 1982: H. Walker 1983: Rozier 1984: Flutie 1985: B. Jackson 1986: Testaverde 1987: Brown 1988: Sanders 1989: Ware 1990: Detmer 1991: Howard 1992: Torretta 1993: Ward 1994: Salaam 1995: George 1996: Wuerffel 1997: Woodson 1998: Williams 1999: Dayne 2000: Weinke 2001: Crouch 2002: Palmer 2003: J. White 2004: Leinart 2005: vacated * 2006: T. Smith 2007: Tebow 2008: Bradford 2009: Ingram Jr. 2010: Newton 2011: Griffin III 2012: Manziel 2013: Winston 2014: Mariota 2015: Henry 2016: L. Jackson 2017: Mayfield

*Note: The 2005 Heisman Trophy was originally awarded to Reggie Bush, but Bush forfeited the award in 2010. The Heisman Trust subsequently decided to leave the 2005 award vacated.

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Maxwell Award winners

1937: Frank 1938: O'Brien 1939: Kinnick 1940: Harmon 1941: Dudley 1942: Governali 1943: Odell 1944: G. Davis 1945: Blanchard 1946: Trippi 1947: D. Walker 1948: Bednarik 1949: Hart 1950: Bagnell 1951: Kazmaier 1952: Lattner 1953: Lattner 1954: Beagle 1955: Cassady 1956: McDonald 1957: Reifsnyder 1958: Dawkins 1959: Lucas 1960: Bellino 1961: Ferguson 1962: Baker 1963: Staubach 1964: Ressler 1965: Nobis 1966: Lynch 1967: Beban 1968: Simpson 1969: Reid 1970: Plunkett 1971: Marinaro 1972: Van Pelt 1973: Cappelletti 1974: Joachim 1975: Griffin 1976: Dorsett 1977: Browner 1978: Fusina 1979: C. White 1980: Green 1981: Allen 1982: H. Walker 1983: Rozier 1984: Flutie 1985: Long 1986: Testaverde 1987: McPherson 1988: Sanders 1989: Thompson 1990: Detmer 1991: Howard 1992: Torretta 1993: Ward 1994: Collins 1995: George 1996: Wuerffel 1997: P. Manning 1998: Williams 1999: Dayne 2000: Brees 2001: Dorsey 2002: Johnson 2003: E. Manning 2004: J. White 2005: Young 2006: Quinn 2007: Tebow 2008: Tebow 2009: McCoy 2010: Newton 2011: Luck 2012: Te'o 2013: McCarron 2014: Mariota 2015: Henry 2016: Jackson 2017: Mayfield

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1958 College Football All-America Team consensus selections


QB Randy Duncan HB Billy Cannon HB Pete Dawkins FB Bob White


E Buddy Dial E Sam Williams T Ted Bates T Brock Strom G George Deiderich G John Guzik G Zeke Smith C Bob Harrison

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Walter Camp Man of the Year Award winners

1967: Fish 1968: Blair 1969: Rozelle 1970: Kipke 1971: Blanchard 1972: Frank 1973: Daugherty 1974: Gaither 1975: Dawkins 1976: Krause 1977: Dunlap 1978: Little 1979: Kemp 1980: Sayers 1981: Graham 1982: Olsen 1983: Staubach 1984: Shula 1985: Bleier 1986: Davis 1987: Jackson 1988: Robustelli 1989: Brown 1990: Buoniconti 1991: Blount 1992: Griese 1993: Moon 1994: Anderson 1995: Williams 1996: Swann 1997: Hill 1998: Holtz 1999: Brandt 2000: Long 2001: Singletary 2002: Kelly 2003: Newsome 2004: Muñoz 2005: Stephenson 2006: Utley 2007: Butkus 2008: Andersen 2009: Elway 2010: Shields 2011: Carson 2012: Edwards 2013: Millen 2014: Bettis 2015: Andruzzi & Biletnikoff 2016: Dunn 2017: Johnson

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National Football Foundation Gold Medal winners

1958: Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959: Douglas MacArthur 1960: Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover
& Amos Alonzo Stagg 1961: John F. Kennedy 1962: Byron "Whizzer" White 1963: Roger Q. Blough 1964: Donold B. Lourie 1965: Juan T. Trippe 1966: Earl H. "Red" Blaik 1967: Frederick L. Hovde 1968: Chester J. LaRoche 1969: Richard Nixon 1970: Thomas J. Hamilton 1971: Ronald Reagan 1972: Gerald Ford 1973: John Wayne 1974: Gerald B. Zornow 1975: David Packard 1976: Edgar B. Speer 1977: Louis H. Wilson 1978: Vincent dePaul Draddy 1979: William P. Lawrence 1980: Walter J. Zable 1981: Justin W. Dart 1982: Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA) - All Honored Jim Brown, Willie Davis, Jack Kemp, Ron Kramer, Jim Swink 1983: Jack Kemp 1984: John F. McGillicuddy 1985: William I. Spencer 1986: William H. Morton 1987: Charles R. Meyer 1988: Clinton E. Frank 1989: Paul Brown 1990: Thomas H. Moorer 1991: George H. W. Bush 1992: Donald R. Keough 1993: Norman Schwarzkopf 1994: Thomas S. Murphy 1995: Harold Alfond 1996: Gene Corrigan 1997: Jackie Robinson 1998: John H. McConnell 1999: Keith Jackson 2000: Fred M. Kirby II 2001: Billy Joe "Red" McCombs 2002: George Steinbrenner 2003: Tommy Franks 2004: William V. Campbell 2005: Jon F. Hanson 2006: Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno
& Bobby Bowden 2007: Pete Dawkins
Pete Dawkins
& Roger Staubach 2008: John Glenn 2009: Phil Knight
Phil Knight
& Bill Bowerman 2010: Bill Cosby 2011: Robert Gates 2012: Roscoe Brown 2013: National Football League
National Football League
& Roger Goodell 2014: Tom Catena
Tom Catena
& George Weiss 2015: Condoleezza Rice 20