Robert P. Beattie '55

Former Olympic skier and coach, TV commentator

A physical education major at Middlebury, Bob Beattie's name has become synonymous with competitive skiing in the United States. He began his coaching career by filling in at Middlebury for Bobo Sheehan '44 when Mr. Sheehan was working with the '56 Olympic team. Mr. Beattie then went on to the University of Colorado, where he built his team into a national power, and eventually became head coach of the U.S. team. He became president of World Wide Ski Corporation and served for many years as a commentator for ABC Sports.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1985 pg. 7

James S. Davis '66

Founder, president of New Balance Athletic Shoes company

A biochemistry major while at Middlebury, Mr. Davis is now owner and president of New Balance Athletic Shoes, whose footwear, it seems, can be found on every other pair of feet on the Middlebury campus. When Mr. Davis purchased the company 12 years ago, it was a small firm known primarily for orthopedic shoes and turned out a few dozen pairs of shoes a day. By 1983 the company turned out 4,000 to 5,000 pairs a day and employed thousands of people at plants in this country and overseas. Mr. Davis has also served as a member of the Middlebury College Board of Trustees.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1985 pg. 7



Sabra Harwood Field '57

Woodcut artist, designer of UNICEF card and  U.S. postal stamp

A fine arts major, Sabra Field is now a printmaker and, with her husband, Spencer, runs the Tontine Press in East Barnard, Vermont. She received her master's degree in art teaching from Wesleyan in 1959 and taught in Connecticut for several years before returning to Vermont. Her work has appeared in galleries all over the world, and in more than three dozen solo exhibitions. She has been honored with grants from the Vermont Council on the Arts and her works have won prizes in regional and national competitions. She has had prints included in the UNICEF Christmas card series and one of them, "Apple Tree Winter," was all-time bestseller. Ms. Field has done commissions of landscape designs for hot-air balloons but she is often best known as the designer of the 1991 Vermont Bicentennial stamp.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1985 pg. 7 and
Middlebury Magazine, Spring 1995 pgs. 16-19



Charles F. Baird '44

Business executive, chairman of the board INCO, director of AETNA

Charles Baird, an economics major at Middlebury, served for many years as the Chairman and CEO of INCO, the Canadian based multinational mining and smelting firm that is one of the world's largest producers of nickel. Mr. Baird also served as undersecretary of the Navy during the Johnson Administration, and worked for 17 years in a series of key international posts with Exxon. He did graduate work at New York University and Harvard Business School.
Adapted fromMiddlebury Magazine, Winter 1985 pg. 7



Michelle La Pautre '54 (MA French School)

Director - Literary Agency in Paris France

A literary agent based in Paris, Michelle La Pautre is also head of the association of French literary agents. She represents approximately 50 American and British publishers, and dozens of American authors, for whom she negotiates publishing rights and paperback and film contracts. A graduate of Penn State, she earned a Masters in French from Middlebury and received her Ph.D. from New York University. She began her work as a literary agent in the late '50s, working with Georges Borchardt, and set up her own agency in 1968.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1985 pg. 7


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