This program for the 1920 Olympic Games at Antwerp, Belgium, was owned by Clifford C. Furnas, the first president of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Furnas was a member of the U.S. Track and Field Athletic Team for the 7th Olympic Games. He was a part of the Two-mile track team that defeated the best two-milers of the British Empire at the 1920 Olympics. He was also among the finalists to run the 5000 meter.
After the 1920 Olympic Games, he graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and was awarded the Big Ten Conference medal for the best scholarship and athletic combined prowess. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1926, Dr. Furnas became a research engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He taught Engineering at Yale in the 1930s. He directed the Airplane Division of Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York from 1942 to 1945 and the Cornell Aeronautical laboratory from 1946 to 1954.
In 1954, he became the ninth chancellor of the private University of Buffalo. After guiding the university through the merger process with the State University of New York in 1962 and became the first president of the University at Buffalo.
His life-long love of athletics culminated with establishment of the Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award. The award serves to “recognize outstanding undergraduate performance in scholarship and athletic prowess.” It is the most prestigious award presented to a student-athlete by the University at Buffalo.
This image is from the Clifford C. Furnas Collection part of the University at Buffalo Digital Collections. It’s interesting to note that an advertisement for Miss Blanche Cigarettes is on the front cover of the program. Oh how times have changed!