Willie Bogan, an honored defensive back on Dartmouth's undefeated team in 1970 who has gone on to a successful career in law and community service spanning more than 35 years in California, will be among eight honorees at the seventh biannual Ivy Football Association dinner in New York City on Feb. 7, 2013.
Bogan graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Dartmouth in 1971 and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University before earning his law degree from Stanford University in 1976.
Currently, he is associate general counsel and corporate secretary of McKesson Corporation, the nation's largest health-care provider and a leader in health care information systems. Based in San Francisco, McKesson is ranked 14th among Fortune 500 companies.
The Ivy Football Association recognizes the unique aspects of Ivy League football and honors the history and tradition of the League. The IFA recognizes a distinguished alumnus from each Ivy institution who played football as an undergraduate and has achieved prominence in his chosen field.
Bogan came to Dartmouth from Albion, Mich., and was the starting safety in 1969 and 1970 as the Big Green won 17 of 18 games and two Ivy League championships. The 1970 undefeated team was ranked 14th in the final national major college ratings and won the Lambert Trophy as the outstanding college team in the East.
As a senior, Bogan earned All-Ivy, All-New England and All-East honors, played in two post-season all-star games, and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1971 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts (who knew he had received the Rhodes scholarship). In 1972, after his first year at Oxford, Bogan returned to try out with the Colts. Bothered by shin splints, he was unsuccessful with the Colts and then the New England Patriots. He returned to England to receive degrees in politics and economics in 1973.
A Spanish major, he also was an Academic All-America who received postgraduate scholarship awards from the NCAA and the National Football Foundation. In 1989, he was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes former Academic All-Americas for career achievement and community service. Over the years he has been involved with numerous community and professional activities in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
Bogan was named an Academic All-America with a group that included Bill Bradley (Princeton), Tom McMillen (Maryland), Pete Dawkins (West Point), Pat Haden (Southern California) and Merlin Olsen (Utah State). His selection recognized his post-collegiate commitment to community service to the Los Angeles Urban League and the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club.
In recent years, Bogan has served on the advisory board of the Northern California Chapter of A Better Chance (ABC), the program founded in 1963 that opens the door to educational opportunity for thousands of young people of color. It was through this program and Dartmouth's Tucker Foundation that Bogan spent an undergraduate term as an intern, teaching poor young blacks in Clarksdale, Miss.
"What a great distinction to be Dartmouth's honoree at the next Ivy Football Association dinner and to join the select group of impressive honorees who have received this honor before me," said Bogan. "This honor illustrates again that the privilege I had to be a part of outstanding football teams at Dartmouth is a gift that keeps on giving, even after all these years.
"This honor is especially meaningful because it recognizes not only achievements on the gridiron in bygone days but also professional achievement for which this great Ivy institution helped to equip us."
Before joining McKesson in 2006, Bogan held senior counselor positions with several companies in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas and was a partner at Steinberg, Miller, Bogan and Goldstein in Los Angeles.
In 2010, he was named one of Savoy Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.
Dartmouth's previous honorees at the IFA dinners include: Bill King '63 (2001), an attorney in Richmond, Va., and former chair of Dartmouth's board of trustees; Henry Paulson '68 (2003), former Secretary of the Treasury and CEO of Goldman Sachs Group; Jeff Immelt '78 (2005), chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Company; Reggie Williams '76 (2007), a 14-year NFL linebacker (1976-89) and now retired as vice president of Disney Sports World; Jake Crouthamel '60 (2009), Dartmouth football coach (1971-77) and director of athletics at Syracuse University (1978-2005); and Murry Bowden '71 (2011), a real estate developer in Houston who was Bogan's classmate and teammate at Dartmouth.
Joining Bogan as honorees at the 2013 IFA dinner will be: Tom Catena, MD, Brown '86; Marcellus Wiley, Columbia '97; Tim Ring, Cornell '79; Jerry Jordan, Harvard '61; Robert Wolf, Penn '84; Robert Baldwin, Princeton '42, and Calvin Hill, Yale '69.
Written by Jack DeGange, former Dartmouth sports information director (1968-77).