Guernsey Van Riper Jr.
Sport(s): Baseball, Football
Guernsey Van Riper came to DePauw as a Rector Scholar in 1926. He earned two varsity letters as a quarterback on the football team and one letter as a first baseman on the baseball team. It was Van Riper who scored a touchdown in the 1928 game against Army, one of the strongest teams in the country at that time. At DePauw, he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper during his senior year, member of Sigma Delta Chi, Blue Key and "D" Association. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Walker Cup for excellence in athletics and scholarship. In 1934 he joined the firm Sidener, Van Riper and Keeling, the Indianapolis advertising agency that first brought the concept of large scale advertising to the state and is now known as Caldwell-Van Riper. He later became an editor at Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company, and he wrote a biography of Lou Gehrig, which was the 43rd volume of the "Childhood of Famous Americans" series published by the company. He has written 11 other children's books, including Knute Rockne : Young Athlete. He is now the owner of Crooked Stick Development Corporation in Indianapolis, and he and his wife, Edna Woodard Van Riper, own and operate the Van Riper Gallery of Fine Arts in Carmel. His service to the University has included co-chairmanship of the Rector Scholar Steering Committee.