Rice University tennis player Zan Guerry
Black and white image of Zan Guerry, member of the Rice Owls tennis team, with “Rice Athletic Hall of Fame” printed above his photograph, and several paragraphs below his photograph, detailing his contributions to Rice University’s athletic history. Caption reads: As one of only two four-time All-Americans in the history of the Rice tennis program, Zan Guerry was at the ascent of the Owls' golden era of Southwest Conference domination in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Playing on a team that also included the likes of fellow Hall of Famers Mike Estep and Harold Solomon, Guerry distinguished himself by teaming with Solomon to win the 1971 SWC doubles title. During that span, the Owls were undefeated in SWC play each season, twice national runner-up and ranked no lower than fourth nationally each season. Tennis played a prominent role in Guerry's life while growing up in Lookout Mountain, Tenn. His father was an outstanding player who was active in the administrative phase of the sport. The younger Guerry was one of the nation's most highly sought after players after graduation from Chattanooga's Baylor Prep School in 1967. Freshmen became eligible for varsity play for the first time in Guerry's initial year at Rice. He wasted little time in taking advantage of the rule change, teaming with fellow freshmen Estep to reach doubles semifinals of the NCAA's. A year later he was a finalist at the U.S. Amateur Championships. As a professional, Guerry was ranked in the nation's top 20 on five occasions and was a five-time champion of the Southern Men's Championships. Guerry, who earned a B.A. in economics in 1971, also enjoyed much success away from tennis. He joined Chattem, Inc. in 1978, becoming chairman of the board and CEO of the $100 million Chattanooga based maker of health and beauty aides.
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