By Phillip Whitten
SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 16. DELLA Sehorn, a 1952 U.S. Olympian, longtime Paxcific Swimming official, and masters record-holder in the backstroke, passed away at home Wednesday evening, March 14, reports Carolyn Boak. Her husband Al and both of her daughters, Laurie and Barbara, were with her.
USMS President Nancy Ridout had this tribute for Della: "We were so fortunate to have known Della. She was a very special person and made all of us happier and more positive when we were around her. Not
only was she a ray of sunshine, but she could tell a good story and make us laugh! Hopefully, we can carry on these qualities she shared with us and show others why she was so special."
I first met Della in 1959 or '60, when she was a stroke judge in the Pacific Aassociation of the AAU and I was a troker whose head she always watched to see if it was legal (it was). I used to swim in mortal fear of her disqualifying me, but it never happened. A few years ago, at Short Course Nationals in santa Clara, we reminisced about those days, and there was a lot of laughing.
Della was a very special lady, and like so many other friends of her, I will miss her dearly.
There will be a funeral service at 2pm Monday March 19 at Spangler's Mortuary on San Antonio Road
in Los Altos.