Paul C. Souder
Sport(s): Tennis (Men's)
Paul Souder, a Rector Scholar, was captain and number one player on tennis teams that played the "most difficult schedule of any athletic organization in the University," according to the 1940 Mirage. In 1939 Paul, teaming with Ed Lindsay, won the Indiana Intercollegiate Doubles Tennis championship, defeating Notre Dame and Indiana in the final round of four. The 1941 team won 14 consecutive matches over the usual conference rivals, plus Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Purdue. That year DePauw awarded Paul the first major "D" blanket ever awarded for participation in a so-called "minor" sport. Paul also represented DePauw at the first National Intercollegiate Table Tennis Championship held at the University of Pennsylvania where he and his partner placed third in intercollegiate competition. Since graduation, Paul has been very active in civic affairs and has had a successful banking career, serving as president, vice chairman and chairman of the board of Michigan National Bank, before retiring in 1985.