James E. Lathrop
James E. Lathrop
Hometown: New York, NY
Team: Wrestling

James E. Lathrop '38
Hometown:
New York, NY
Sport:
Wrestling
Year Inducted:
1983

James E. Lathrop ’38, a man who had never wrestledcompetitively before arriving at Brown, today is regarded as one ofthe University’s finest matmen, with three New England titlesto his credit along with an accumulated 15-3 record. Coming toBrown from DeWitt Clinton High in New York City, Jim Lathropthought he might try track of swimming as a sport. Then several ofhis friends in Hope College became impressed with his naturalability to quickly pin people during the rough-and-tumble play thatis common to all freshman dorms, and they passed the word to CoachDick Cole that just maybe young Lathrop might help the freshmanteam. He did. The man with no previous wrestling experiencecaptained the team, went undefeated at 135 pounds, and captured theNew Englands. Moving up to the 145 pound weight class the followingseason, Lathrop won against Tufts, MIT, Yale, and Springfield, lostof Harvard, but once again captured the New Englands. He lose twiceas a junior, to the Harvard and Yale captains, but came back strongto wrap up his third straight New England crown. Jim Lathrop wasbrilliant as a senior, going undefeated against Wesleyan, Harvard,Yale, Springfield, MIT, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Tufts. The NewEnglands were not held that spring, depriving Jim of a chance towin his fourth straight title. A colorful wrestler who brought someof the professional wrestling theatrics to the college game, JimLathrop always drew a crowd, especially his friends and Delta Taubrothers. The man who became known as “Little Caesar”never lost a match by being pinned. A retired president of WeaverPaint and Varnish Co. of Providence, Jim Lathrop has been active inBarrington politics, serving on the town council, the town schoolsurvey committee, and as a member of the GOP town committee. He isalso president of his class. Jim and his wife, Frances, have threechildren – Charlotte, Linda, and Robert. A brother is CliffLathrop ’40, center on the 1939 team.