Robert M. Schaper
Robert M. Schaper
Hometown: Erie, PA
Team: Swimming & Diving

Robert M. Schaper '41
Hometown:
 Erie, PA
Sport:
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted:
1972

Robert M. Schaper ’41, an All-American choice in 1941, was one of Brown’s finest sprinters. A three-time New England 50-yard freestyle champion, he lost only one dual race in the 50 in three varsity seasons. And in his junior season, he set New England records for the 50 (23.5) and 100 (52.8). As a sophomore, the native of Erie, PA, and a graduate of Staunton Military Academy was a member of Coach Leo Barry’s fine 7-1 squad, the first Bruin swimming team to defeat Harvard. Schaper was undefeated that year and teamed with Capt. Emery Walker and Matt Soltysiak to set a New England mark of 3:00.4 for the medley relay. During his junior year, Schaper lost only one race in the 50 and 100, that to Eric Cutler of Harvard in the 100. After winning the New Englands in his two specialties, Schaper finished fifth nationally in the 50 (23.5) and the 100 (52.8), both New England marks. As a team, Brown won the New Englands for the eighth straight time when Schaper was a sophomore and made it nine straight his junior year. Schaper was Co-Captain his senior year and was president of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He’s currently an officer with Gulf Oil Corporation in Pittsburgh.