Clarence E. ("Chief") Boston died peacefully May 4, 2002, at age 85 at his home in Nashville, Indiana, after an heroic struggle with lung cancer.
Born in Providence, RI, April 13, 1917, he was the son of Clarence and Ella (Pickering) Boston and graduated from the Moses Brown School and Harvard College, 1939, where he majored in Medieval French and Latin Literature. While at Harvard he wrestled and played Varsity Baseball and Football. In 1939 he was named ECWA Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. After graduation from Harvard he coached football at the Shaker Heights School, Cleveland, Ohio, before joining the US Army, where he served as a Battery Commander of the 314th Field Artillery Battalion, 80th Division, of General Patton's Third Army. Among other honors he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
After World War II, "Chief" returned to Harvard to coach the JV football team to two consecutive undefeated seasons. In 1948, he joined the legendary Earl Blaik at West Point as the defensive backfield coach and helped lead that team to an undefeated season and a top spot in the national football poll. In 1949, Athletic Director Carl Lundholm hired him to be head coach of University of New Hampshire football. He coached at UNH until 1964 and posted a record of 60-57-10 as the mentor of the Wildcats.
He led the team to Yankee Conference titles in 1953, 1954, and 1962, when his record was 7-0-1, the last undefeated season in Wildcat's history. For his outstanding efforts that year the American Football Coaches Association named him Coach of the Year.
In 1965, "Chief" returned to active duty at the Pentagon and served as Army Reserve Liaison during the Vietnam War. He retired as a Colonel and later moved to the Selective Service.
He is a member of the Harvard Varsity Hall of Fame. "Chief" was inducted into the UNH 100 Club Hall of Fame in 1995.
He leaves his beloved wife, Mary Kathryn, of Nashville and Melbourne Beach, FL; two daughters, Bonny Boston of Exeter, NH and Bette Boston, of Miami FL, a son, Clarence Boston of MarlboroVT; two grandchildren, Iman and Clarence IV, and many grateful and loyal athletes and comrades.
Memorial Services will be held in Nashville and later in Durham NH. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to local Hospice organizations.