Henry Tolman II '35
Hometown: Ansonia, CT
Henry Tolman, II ’35 was one of Brown’s most brilliant soccer goalies, earning first-team All-American honors in both 1933 and 1934. The Exeter Academy star also had the distinction of playing every minute of every game for four years. As a member of the 3-2-1 team of 1933, Tolman had three shutouts and a 1.2 goals against average. In 1934, the native on Ansonia, Conn., served as captain of the first of Brown’s great soccer teams. Competing in the newly formed New England Intercollegiate Soccer League, Coach Sam Fletcher’s Bruins posted a 5-1-1 record, including a 5-4 victory over Dartmouth and a 2-1 decision over perennially powerful Springfield. Only a 2-1 loss to Harvard and a 1-1 tie with Yale marred the season. For part of his career, Tolman received private instruction on the art of goal tending from Joe Kennaway, former goalie for a Scottish team and later for the New York All-Americans, and the man who eventually succeeded Fletcher as head coach at Brown. When asked several years ago to describe Tolman’s play, Kennaway smiled easily and said, “That boy was quick as a cat and never made mistakes. He was a real good one.” Tolman is retired after serving as assistant general manager of United Shoe Corp., Shelton, Conn.