Gardner Cadwalader

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAspinwall Gardner•Cadwalader
Used nameGardner•Cadwalader
Nick/petnamesThe Big Yank
Born29 July 1948 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 91 kg
AffiliationsPenn Quakers, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States


Gardner Cadwalader attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1971, where he stroked the varsity eight as a junior and senior. Cadwalader won a gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games with the coxed pairs. After Penn Cadwalader studied at St. John’s College at Cambridge, England, and rowed in The Boat Race against Oxford. Known as “The Big Yank,” he helped lead Cambridge to victory over Oxford in 1972. After Cambridge, Cadwalader returned to Penn and received his masters’ degree in architecture. He worked for 20 years as an architect with Francis Cauffman Wilkinson & Pepper, and the later became a stockbroker with Dean Witter in Philadelphia.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Gardner Cadwalader
Coxed Fours, Men (Olympic) United States 5

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