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William Adler

William Adler


At Rochester:

  • Played football and competed in track and field at the University
  • Earned All-America honors in football from the All-America Board during his undergraduate days
  • Straight A engineering student who was elected to numerous honor societies: Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma
  • Left Rochester to fight in World War II, but was allowed to graduate with the Class of 1945
  • Earned his BSME from Rochester


  • Earned his BS from Northwestern and was named an All-Big 10 Academic All-American while there
  • Drafted by Buffalo for professional football, but injuries cut his career short
  • Worked for 45 years worldwide sales promotional manager of International Harvester
  • Part owner of Chicago Cubs baseball team until club was purchased by the Chicago Tribune
  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Earned a Distinguished American Award for heading up the Chicago Red Cross, Chicago Community Fund, and Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
  • Now a Catholic Lay Minister