Sport Played: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 2000 (eighth induction class)
Accomplishments: A longtime friend of Babson athletics, Jesse Putney has made invaluable contributions to the men's ice hockey program over the past 40 years. When Putney began his three-year undergraduate program in 1953-54, the ice hockey team had no rink in which to practice. The squad would meet at Park Manor at 4 a.m. every day and carpool to Worcester, where each member of the team would chip in to pay for 90 minutes of ice time. The team would then hustle back to Wellesley for classes, which began at 8 a.m. with no excused absences. Following his graduation in 1956, Putney enrolled in Babson's MBA program, which he completed in 1959. Then in 1965, he began a 26-year tenure as treasurer and vice president for business and financial affairs at Babson. During that time, he was the college representative in the creation, financing, building, and operations of the Babson Recreation Center, which gave the hockey team an ice surface on which to play for the first time in school history.