Long-Time Trainer Dick Waterman Passes Away

March 6, 2007

I am sad to report that Richard "Dick" Waterman, head athletic trainer for 37 years and a beloved and steadfast member of the Middlebury College community, passed away on March 3 in New Hampshire.

A native of Norwich, he studied sports medicine at the Eastern School for Medical Aides in New York and was head athletic trainer at Mount Hermon School, now known as Northfield Mount Hermon School, in Northfield, Mass., for nine years before coming to Middlebury.

Dick joined the College in 1956 and served as its only athletic trainer until 1976 when a second position was added. According to a Middlebury Magazine article published in 1993, the year he retired, he worked alone in the early years in a small room with two tables, a whirlpool and a heat lamp. When he retired in 1993, he and his staff of trainers and physical therapists, who at this point worked with any student who had an athletic-related injury, occupied 2,700 square feet filled with equipment.

During his career at the College, Dick saw his field become a profession. A longtime member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association, he helped found the Vermont Association of Athletic Trainers in 1982. Dick was considered by many to be one of the deans of New England trainers.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard W. Waterman Fund at the College. The family plans to hold a service in the spring.

Ronald D. Liebowitz