Jonathan the Husky has been the mascot of the University of Connecticut since 1935, four years before Connecticut State College became the University of Connecticut. The first Jonathan, a black, brown, and white animal, was short-lived, hit by an automobile only weeks after his arrival on the Storrs campus. His successor, and the one that started the tradition of an all-white Husky mascot, made his much anticipated debut on November 8, 1935. His would be a long career, serving until his passing in 1947. In 1936 he chased Brown’s bear mascot up a tree, requiring Providence police and fire fighters to get the bear down.
–Mark J. Roy, University Communications (retired)