Charles D. Tiedemann '46
Year Inducted: 1976
Charles D. Tiedemann '46 was one of the fastest halfbacks in modern Brown football history. In 1944, after his final season, he was named All-East, All-New England, and was selected by the Boston Post to its third-team All-American backfield, along with such illustrious stars of the era as Frank Dancewicz of Notre Dame, Hunchy Hoernschemeyer of Indiana, and Bob Wiese of Michigan. Playing in the era of one-platoon football, the 155-pound Tiedemann went both ways for the Bruins and also handled the punting. A corner back on defense, he constantly made tackles in the other team's backfield. But it was as an offensive back that Tiedemann truly excelled. He had the blinding football speed of a contemporary, Glenn Davis of Army. Charlie Tiedemann just ran away from people. Playing but a short time against Camp Kilmer in 1943, Tiedemann went 48 yards with a pass for one score, swept end for 20 yards and another TD, returned a kickoff 48 yards, and brought back a punt 37. He was brilliant in Brown's 28-20 victory over Princeton in 1943, scoring twice, once on a twisting, tackle-beating run that had even the reporters on their feet. In his final game, Tiedemann teamed with Paul O'Brien to lead the Bears to a 32-30 victory over Colgate, Brown's first against the Red Raiders since 1928 and the first ever against an Andy Kerr-coached team. In naming him to its All-New England team in 1944, the Boston Post said that he was "easily the outstanding back in the area." Rip Engle, who went from Brown to coaching duties at Penn State, wrote in the Saturday Evening Post that Tiedemann was "the finest back I've ever coached." A Naval ROTC student at Brown, Tiedemann served in World War II and the Korean War. He was technical director at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City when he died suddenly on May 17, unaware of his pending induction.