A star performer on the gridiron throughout his Washington and Lee career, Richard W. (Dick) Boisseau, '40, was a bruising All-America lineman for the W&L football teams of the late 1930s.
Boisseau was a native of Petersburg, Va., and was highly recruited after captaining his Petersburg High School team to a 9-1 record during his senior year. Boisseau, named the state's top player, decided to attend W&L after a sales pitch from Lewis F. Powell, '29, '31L. Boisseau went on to make an impact at the University with every opportunity he had.
Boisseau was captain of the W&L freshman football team in 1936, leading the Brigadiers to a 2-1-2 record and earning freshman All-State honors for himself. Boisseau entrenched his spot on the varsity early into his sophomore year after taking over at left tackle for an injured player.
Boisseau, whose playing weight of 270 pounds was neatly sculpted into his 6-foot-2-inch frame, earned All-State recognition his junior year. And he reached the heights his senior year when he was named to the Associated Press All-America team.
A standout athlete, Boisseau was a model W&L citizen, as well. It was dean of students Frank J. Gilliam who wrote in Boisseau's final transcript: "For four years a fine influence on this campus."