Georgetown varsity crew posed on the steps of Old North
Georgetown University Archives, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
Georgetown College (1789-1815)
Pictured to the right is Georgetown Crew Coach, Claude E. Zappone (1858-1919), who had attended Georgetown in the 1870s. Prominently identified with the promotion of amateur rowing in the U.S., he was a member of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen for 33 years, serving one term as that body’s president and acting as its treasurer from 1910 until his death. President of the Potomac Boat Club, he was coach of the Georgetown crew in 1900 and 1901, a time of resurgence for rowing on campus. His obituary in 'The Washington Post' on March 24, 1919, termed him the 'father of rowing at Georgetown.'
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