Chances are that if you were watching a Lehigh sporting event in the early 1930's that Paul Short was one of the athletes you would see. Short participated in football, where he served as captain in both 1932 and 1933. He earned a total of three varsity letters and started for two years at quarterback. Short played both offense and defense and started as a broken field runner and punter. Short's football exploits resulted in him being chosen as the outstanding Lehigh football player of the 1930's and 1940's during the celebration of 100 years of foot-ball at Lehigh.
Short also played lacrosse and baseball in the spring and as if that wasn't enough, he wrestled in the winter. Short truly was an athlete for all seasons. Off the playing venue Short was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honorary fraternity and Beta Theta Pi national social fraternity.
"I thought the world of Paul Short," former Lehigh wrestling coach Gerry Leeman says. "He had a real sense of the tradition and pride that was and still is present at Lehigh. Not only was he a terrific coach and athlete, but he also was a terrific business manager. Paul was a man's man. He gave me a lot of personal guidance. Without his leader-ship I don't think I could have been nearly as successful as I was." After his graduation in 1934 with a bachelor's degree in business adminis-tration, Short worked for the Dravo Corporation and Bethlehem Steel before joining the Lehigh Athletics staff in 1938. His service to the University was interrupted during World War II, at which time he served with distinction as Major in the United States Army. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1961 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Short combined his duties as an assistant coach in football, baseball, wrestling and lacrosse, as well as Business Manager and Assistant Director of Athletics, from 1946 until his
death in 1967.
"Throughout his career as a student and then colleague, Paul Short was quiet, efficient and thorough in whatever assignments came his way on the field of play or his chosen field as an athletic administrator," former Lehigh football coach and athletics director Bill Leckonby says. "As an administrator he had many difficult matters to resolve and he completed his tasks to the very best of his ability for all concerned. He is very deserving of admission to the University's Hall of Fame."
Short was also an avid supporter of Lehigh's track and
cross country programs. The prestigious Paul Short Run held each October on Lehigh's cross country course is one of the top collegiate races in the country.
"Paul Short was one of my mentors at Lehigh," former Lehigh cross country and track coach John Covert says. "When you think of business managers you expect them to be behind a desk all day, but that wasn't true of Paul. He was often out at the practice fields. He always came to the Penn Relays and to many of our meets. He was particularly fond of cross country. He'd be out on the course watching all of the time."
Short and his wife Helen had three children, Jacqueline, Austin and Ethel. His son Austin starred on Lehigh football teams of 1954, 1955 and 1956. Paul Short passed away on November 17, 1967 at the age of 57.