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 wrestled competitively before arriving at Brown, today is regarded as one of the University’s finest matmen, with three New England titles to his credit along with an accumulated 15-3 record. Coming to Brown from DeWitt Clinton High in New York City, Jim Lathrop thought he might try track of swimming as a sport. Then several of his friends in Hope College became impressed with his natural ability to quickly pin people during the rough-and-tumble play that is common to all freshman dorms, and they passed the word to Coach Dick Cole that just maybe young Lathrop might help the freshman team. He did. The man with no previous wrestling experience captained the team, went undefeated at 135 pounds, and captured the New Englands. Moving up to the 145 pound weight class the following season, Lathrop won against Tufts, MIT, Yale, and Springfield, lost of Harvard, but once again captured the New Englands. He lose twice as a junior, to the Harvard and Yale captains, but came back strong to wrap up his third straight New England crown. Jim Lathrop was brilliant as a senior, going undefeated against Wesleyan, Harvard, Yale, Springfield, MIT, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Tufts. The New Englands were not held that spring, depriving Jim of a chance to win his fourth straight title. A colorful wrestler who brought some of the professional wrestling theatrics to the college game, Jim Lathrop always drew a crowd, especially his friends and Delta Tau brothers. The man who became known as “Little Caesar” never lost a match by being pinned. A retired president of Weaver Paint and Varnish Co. of Providence, Jim Lathrop has been active in Barrington politics, serving on the town council, the town school survey committee, and as a member of the GOP town committee. He is also president of his class. Jim and his wife, Frances, have three children – Charlotte, Linda, and Robert. A brother is Cliff Lathrop ’40, center on the 1939 team.