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Passages: Olympic Diving Medalist Patty Elsener Dies at 89

Patty Elsener (Homan), an Olympic diving medalist, died on Sept. 29 at age 89. Elsener won the silver medal on platform in the 1948 Olympics, also winning the bronze medal on the 3-meter board. She is an honoree at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). In the summer of 1947,...

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Passages: Dr. Julian Stein, ISHOF Award Winner, Dies

Dr. Julian Stein passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019. He was ISHOF’s 1999 John K. Williams Jr. Adaptive Aquatic Award Winner. Stein became known internationally for his contributions in the area of physical fitness for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Devoted to his ...

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Passages: Legendary Swimmer Graham Johnston at Age 88

Written by Robert Keilleen Graham Johnston Passes Away Legendary Swimmer was 88. May 15, 1931 - July 27, 2019 The world lost legendary swimmer Graham Johnston at age 88. Graham was born on May 15, 1931 and raised in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He learned to swim at the age of 4 and loved it, and all...

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Passages: Gus Stager, Former Olympic, Michigan Coach Dies

Former Olympic and University of Michigan Coach Gus Stager died on Saturday at age 92. "The entire Michigan swimming and diving community sends its condolences to the family of former head coach Gus Stager, who passed away on Saturday," the University said in a statement. [caption id="attachment_378...

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Passages: Charles Van Der Horst, 67, Dies in Hudson River

Former Duke Swimming and Diving captain Dr. Charles van der Horst passed away Friday at the age of 67. Van der Horst entered the 120-mile multi-day swimming race down the Hudson River and went missing during the second to last stage of the event. According to the New York Daily News, first responder...

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Passages: Richard Fetters, Former Michigan State Coach, Dies at 98

Former Michigan State University men's swimming coach Richard Fetters passed away on Saturday, June 1, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was 98. Coach Fetters was born in South Bend, Indiana, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy during WW II.  He served in the Pacific Theater and piloted TBF Aven...

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Passages: Don Duncan, First Swimming Coach at Puget Sound Dies at 89

Puget Sound mourns the loss of Hall of Fame Swimming Coach Don Duncan, who passed away Friday (May 31) at the age of 89. Coach Duncan started his Puget Sound career in 1956 as a pool manager and swimming instructor. After just one year at Puget Sound, he became the head coach of the Loggers' first s...

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Passages: Don Hill, Former Michigan NCAA Champion Dies at 87

Don Hill, a former Michigan national champion and United States Masters Swimming (USMS) champion has died. He died Thursday, May 23, and was 87. Hill, who married USA Olympic swimmer Jane Swagerty, toasted his life with champagne, alongside his family the night before he died, according to sources c...

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Passages: 1956 Olympic Coach Stan Tinkham Passes at 87

Stan Tinkham, the 1956 USA Women’s Olympic Team swim coach has passed away in suburban Maryland at the age of 87 on April 9, 2019. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. Stan Tinkham was Born on Nov 24, 1931 in Yankton, SD. When he was seven years old his family relocated ...

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Passages: 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Thompson Mann, 76

Thompson Mann passed away on April 4, 2019 after suffering from failing health for several years.  He was 76 years old. Dr. Harold Thompson Mann was born on Dec. 1, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia. He moved with his family to Richmond at the age of 4, started swimming and subsequently swam for the Countr...