Seabright Stories

Paul C. Lambert receiving the Inaugural Dennis P. Lynch Award 

Dennis P. Lynch

Harvey Stewart and his friends, Bruce Huber, Peter McKinney and Michael Jeary

Fred B. Alexander

Paul C. Lambert – Member of Distinction 

Paul C. Lambert has embodied the values of this tennis club throughout his life – excellence, sportsmanship and humility. Paul has brought a grace and dignity to all aspects of his personal and professional life. Paul graduated from Yale University in 1950 and from Harvard Law School in 1953. Paul had a distinguished career, practicing law with several prominent Wall Street firms, most notably Whitman Breed, Abbott & Morgan, where he chaired their Trust & Estates department. From 1990 to 1992, Paul served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador. 
Paul has been a member of SLT&CC for 85 years. Paul won the men’s singles title three times and teamed up with Dennis P. Lynch to win the men’s doubles title nine times, in addition to teaming up with B.J. Debree to win the mixed doubles tournament twice. Paul served on the Board for 18 years, first as Secretary from to 1964 to 1972, then Vice President from 1972 to 1976 and finally as President from 1976 to 1982. Paul moved in many circles and was the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. He was a Director of the Yale Alumni Fund, a Member of the Yale Development Board and was active on many boards in New York, including the Chamber Music Society of New York and the Brearley School.

Dennis P. Lynch (1941-2021) - Member of Distinction

Dennis P. Lynch was the embodiment of the values of SLT&CC.  A highly accomplished athlete, he exemplified the ideals of athletic excellence and sportsmanship. He is the only club member to have played in the Prentice Cup, having captained the 1964 Yale men’s tennis team and, that same year, the Harvard-Yale Prentice Cup team, which won the title.  As a member, he won the Men’s singles title 13 times and the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles 16 times, with seven different partners. In 2000, the Asbury Park Press voted Dennis the second-best player in the history of Jersey Shore Tennis.

A natural leader, Dennis served for more than 20 years on the Prentice Cup Committee.  He also served as President of SLT&CC from 1988 to 1994. Beyond his extensive accomplishments, Dennis was the type of person who would applaud an opponent’s shot or who would ask you how you did when you came off the court.  He was, at all times, a gentleman and will forever be remembered as a respected, generous and dedicated member of the Club. 

Harvey Stewart - Member of Distinction

In November 2017, Harvey Stewart and his friends, Bruce Huber, Peter McKinney and Michael Jeary were playing paddle. Michael went up for an overhead and collapsed on to the paddle deck. He was suffering a massive heart attack, the “widow maker” as they say. Harvey sprang into action and immediately began CPR while the others called 911. Minutes passed with no sign of the police or an ambulance so Harvey kept up the CPR for nearly 20 minutes! When the police arrived, they said, “Keep going, you’re doing great.” By the time the paramedics arrived, Michael was stable….Harvey had saved his life. One of the most remarkable parts about this story is that administering CPR for more than 20 minutes is like running a marathon. Havey’s motto of “If you start something, finish it” is what truly saved Michael’s life and made Harvey a hero that day.  In honor of Harvey, SLT&CC will host an annual CPR/AED training session. Hopefully members will never have to put the training into practice, however as Michael says, “Boy, am I glad that Harvey knew CPR that day.”

Fred B. Alexander (1880-1969) - Member of Distinction

SLT&CC member Fred B. Alexander was the first American to win the Australasian Championships (Singles and Doubles!) in 1908, the amateur precursor to the Australian Open. Fred was born in Sea Bright in 1880 and during the summer, he lived at 37 Ward Avenue in Rumson. At SLT&CC, he played as a junior and went on to win the Men’s Singles Tournament in 1899, as well as the Men’s Doubles Tournament in 1902 and 1903.  Fred and his partner Harold Hackett were five time US National Doubles Champions.  Fred is enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF). More information about his career and accomplishments can be found on the ITHF website and on Wikipedia.