Claire Dees

Name
Claire Dees
Position
Guard
Hometown (Last School)
Oblong, IL
Ht
6'1"
Wt
190
Seasons
1926-27, 1927-28, 1928-29
Birthday
August 31, 1908

Legal Name: Claire Henry Dees
Date of Death: February 4, 1966

Graduated in 1929 with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering.  He also received his Masters in Metallurgical Engineering from UK.  Captain of the football team in 1928.  Freshman team football coach in fall of 1929. Sophomore Class President; Senior Class President. President of Lamp and Cross.  Member of Triangle social fraternity for students majoring in engineering, architecture, and the physical, mathematical, biological, and computer sciences.  Member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Honorary Fraternity for Leadership.  Member of the Dicker Engineering Society and President of Norwood Mining Society.

From the January 14, 1927 issue of the Kernel, “Of these men Dees has put up the most consistent game this year. His playing has bordered on brilliancy in nearly every game, breaking up the enemy’s offense with a precision like clockwork.”

From the February 18, 1927 edition of the Kernel:  “Dees has proved himself by his sterling performance this year, the unexpected luminary of the season in the Wildcat ranks. His play has been consistent and at no time has he allowed the opposition to completely break down his defense.”

From an article about a football matchup versus VMI in the Lexington Leader, November 18, 1928: “(Dees) was a bulwark on the defense. The Cats used a six-man line and Dees was there to fill up any hole that might loom up near him.”

From an article in the Lexington Leader, December 4, 1928:  “Capt Claire Dees was given a clipping from a New York newspaper which stated that he was the only man and among a few from the south who was named as a prospect for honors on a list of 278 players selected by 25 football experts as the best players in the country.”

According to the Lexington Leader, December 11, 1928, Dees was chosen to play on the northern squad in the All-Conference football game at Atlanta, Georgia but decided he preferred to remain in Lexington and continue practice on the basketball team rather than jeopardize his chances to make the team by going to Atlanta and playing in the game there. Dees had been handicapped in the basketball practice thus far by an Injured ankle, received in the football game against Tennessee game.  He realized that his chances to make the team practically would be lost if he went to Atlanta December 27 when the players report for practice.

Dees married Lucille Short August 27, 1931 in Minneapolis.  He worked for Standard Oil Company at their headquarters in Minneapolis after graduating from college. He worked with Ethyl Corporation for many years but retired from the Central Intelligence Agency. 

He is buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, Virginia.


SeasonGames
Played
Total
Points
1926-271612
1927-28121
1928-2980
Total3613

Career High Points: 4 – Centre College – 2/12/1927


1928-29 Senior Season

DateOpponentPts
1/16/19290
1/17/1929Tennessee0
2/1/1929Mississippi A & M0
2/2/1929Mississippi A & M0
2/4/1929Tulane0
2/13/1929Centre College0
2/23/1929Mississippi0
3/2/1929Georgia0
Totals0

 


1927-28 Junior Season

DateOpponentPts
12/16/1927Clemson0
1/4/1928Berea0
1/9/1928Centre College0
1/14/1928Vanderbilt0
1/16/1928Virginia0
1/18/1928Navy0
1/19/19281
1/28/1928Tennessee0
2/8/1928Vanderbilt0
2/9/1928Tennessee0
2/11/19280
2/24/1928South Carolina0
Totals1

1926-27 Sophomore Season

DateOpponentPts
12/18/1926Cincinnati1
12/21/1926Indiana2
12/27/1926Cincinnati1
12/31/1926Princeton1
1/3/1927Florida0
1/10/1927 Wesleyan0
1/15/1927Vanderbilt0
1/21/1927Tennessee1
1/22/19270
1/29/1927Centre College0
2/1/1927Georgetown College1
2/4/1927Washington & Lee0
2/7/19271
2/11/1927Mississippi1
2/12/1927Centre College4
2/19/1927Tennessee0
Totals13