Education: Stowing the Manly Oar

As the oldest (118 years), most gruling U.S. college sport, rowing long attracted zealous spartans who inspired he term crew cut and spent their alumni years flocking to regattas in blazers, white flannels and white bucks. Hired three years ago as head crew coach at Columbia University, Bill Stowe, 27, seemed just the disciplinarian to maintain tradition­until he crossed oars with the new student generation.

A member of champion crews at Cornell, Stowe had stroked Philadelphia's amateur Vesper Boat Club to a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics and kept in shape by rowing on the Saigon River while a Navy lieutenant....

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