Art Bryant, a Rector Scholar, earned eight varsity letters in
football and track and graduated form DePauw with distinction. In
football, he was a four-year starter at halfback on offense and
cornerback on defense; he ran the high and low hurdles in track.
Bryant was named the most valuable back in 1954 and the most
valuable player in 1955. He rushed for 664 yards in 1955, a school
record at the time and currently the fifth best total in school
history. He was voted Athlete of the Year in 1956 and was recipient
of the Sigma Delta Chi Scholar-Athlete Award. As a member of the
track team, he set DePauw and Indiana Collegiate Conference records
in the low hurdles during the 1956 season. Bryant joined the State
Life Insurance Company in Indianapolis as an actuarial student, and
he was awarded fellowship in the Society of Actuaries in 1971. He
was elected the company's senior vice president for marketing in
1980 and chairman of the board and president in 1985.