Jan. 19, 2005
Charles Johnson '54, a varsity letterman for the Bulldog football team, will be Yale's honoree at the Jan. 27 Ivy Football Association Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 183-pound offensive guard from Montclair, N.J., earned his varsity letter for the 1953 Bulldogs who went 5-2-2 - including a two-point win at Princeton -- under head coach Jordan Olivar.
This is the third of the black-tie Ivy Football Association events, which are held every two years and honor a former football player from each of the Ancient Eight schools for achievement in their respective fields.
Johnson is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Franklin Resources, heading up one of the world's most distinguished mutual fund companies. During his great success in the financial world, he has been extremely generous to his alma mater, contributing Johnson Field (synthetic turf complex for field hockey and lacrosse) and a major gift to Yale enabling it to move ahead with the renovations of Yale Bowl.
Tickets to this event are $ 300 and may be purchased by contacting Karen Simon at (212) 986-4662 or Mr. Henry Higdon by mail at Ivy Football Association, 230 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10169.