SANTA BARBARA, California, June 1. TOM Haynie, who coaches Stanford two 11 conference titles in 13 years at the helm, passed away last weekend at a care facility in Santa Barbara.
Haynie coached some impressive swimmers during his tenure at Stanford (1947-60) including Olympic gold medalist George Harrison and Paul Hait. He also coached Robert Anderson, Robin Moore, Ralph Sala and Tom Peterson. During his 13 years at Stanford, he won more than 90 percent of his dual meets and finished eight of his seasons with an undefeated record.
Haynie's replacement, and Skip Kenney's predecessor, Jim Gaughran e-mailed the following information regarding Haynie's last days:
I'm sorry to bring you the sad news that our great coach, Tom Haynie, passed away this last weekend. Tom was in a care facility in Santa Barbara for the past few weeks and died peacefully there. He had just celebrated his 94th birthday. He had a long and great life, and we were so lucky to have had him share some of those years with us. Larry Heim, Doug Ackerman and I went down to Morro Bay and had a nice visit with Tom's wife, Sherryi last week. She was in good spirits, as always, although she had just broken her arm. She has a very nice gal taking care of her needs daily, and I'm sure her daughters will be trying to keep up with her in the coming months. Larry, Doug, Peter and I have all visited with Tom in the past few months, and although his memory was fading, he was still his great upbeat self. Still dancing and playing his harmonica, and never forgiving Peter Daland for taking Murray Rose away from him with those dirty USC recruiting tricks.
Sherryi is living at 550 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805-771-8088, if you would like to contact her and let her know how much you loved Tom too. She is planning on keeping Tom's ashes until she goes, and then having both of their ashes spread in their beloved Makaha, on Oahu, in Hawaii.
If you have contact points for others of Tom's swimmers, please forward this on to them.