May 30, 2014

Lycoming's Vanaskie featured on NCAA Division III website

Photo Courtesy of Lycoming College
40-in-40 feature on Tom Vanaskie '75 - His key to the world
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie '75 is the subject of a prestigious series of profiles on's Division III web page entitled 40-in-40 in honor of the creation of Division III athletics in 1973. The feature is titled, "His key to the world."

The "40-in-40" series on is a 40-week online profile series of student-athletes from 1973 or later who exemplify Division III's attributes. The profiles show how these individuals followed their passions and discovered their potential while on Division III campuses.

Below is the first part of the feature, written by's Jack Copeland:
Tom Vanaskie's play as a football defensive back focused national attention on his athletics skills, even as the political science major's own eyes were opened to a world of  possibilities following graduation.

He received Lycoming's highest student honor, the Chieftain Award, which recognizes superior dedication and leadership qualities and academic excellence. He then briefly gave pro football a try, signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League.

But a professor had encouraged Vanaskie to think internationally, leading to taking the U.S. foreign service exam during his senior year before ultimately pursuing a law degree at the Dickinson School of Law. The decision to study law set Vanaskie on course for a distinguished career as an attorney and judge, ultimately leading him to a seat in 2010 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

To continue reading the feature, please visit the article on at: His key to the world.