From the windows of the spacious atrium that houses treadmills, elliptical machines and a three-story climbing wall, fitness enthusiasts can enjoy a panoramic view of Hamilton's football field, which holds special memories for the building's namesake.
Opened this fall in the former Saunders Hall of Chemistry, the Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center salutes a true Hamilton football family. Wayland F. "Bill" Blood '53, for whom the building is named along with his wife Charlean, came to Hamilton in the footsteps of his father Wayland P. Blood '14, a former member of the Continental gridiron force. Bill played varsity for four years, lettering in the sport. During his senior season, the team posted a 4-2-1 record -- the best in more than a decade.
After earning his M.B.A. and spending five years with Gulf Oil Corp., Bill joined Ford Motor Co. During is 33-year career he served as vice president and treasurer of its financial services group, Ford Credit Co. Remembered in The Hamiltonian for "wearing a well-patched Block 'H' sweater," Bill sent his son David W. Blood '81 to the Hill to carry on the Blood/Hamilton football legacy. Today Dave has returned the favor. A managing partner with the London-based investment firm Generation Investment Management, he provided major funding for the renovation of the new fitness center, named in his father's honor.