Obituaries

Recent

Read more0

Passages: Rod Harman, Oregon Coaching Legend, 93

Swimming coach Rod Harman, whose former pupils include three Olympians and 62 high school All-Americans, died Friday at age 93. Harman had coached until just last year and was regarded as the oldest active coach in the state. He founded the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Beaverton, Oregon, where the Ha...

Read more0

Passages: Longtime FINA Bureau Member Coaracy Nunes Filho Dies at 82

FINA Bureau member Coaracy Nunes Filho passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Nunes Filho was the President of the Brazilian Swimming Federation starting in 1988, and was re-elected six times before being removed from office in a scandal that landed him in prison. A former President of UANA, he w...

Read more0

Passages: Rusty Owens, Hall of Fame Swim Coach, 84

Rusty Owens, an International Swimming Hall of Fame member who coached for more than 60 years and worked with two Olympians, died Sunday at age 84. Owens carved out a legendary career in his native central Pennsylvania, where he worked with Olympians Anita Nall (who won silver and bronze in breastst...

Read more0

Passages: 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist Thomas Bruce, 67

Thomas Bruce, who won two medals at the 1972 Olympic Games, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Bruce died April 9, but his family made public the passing this week. Bruce was a native of Red Bluff, California. He attended UCLA, where he won the 1972 NCAA championship in the 100 breaststrok...

Read more0

Passages: Former Indiana Swimmer, Coach David Tanner, 70

Dr. David Tanner, who swam at the University of Indiana in its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s and went on to a successful coaching career, died Thursday. Tanner had battled lymphoma. He was 70 years old. A native of Danville, Illinois, Tanner arrived in Bloomington in 1968 to join the jugg...

Read more0

Passages: Iconic Maine, Plymouth State Swim Coach Alan Switzer, 90

The University of Maine Friday announced the passing of former swimming and diving coach Alan Switzer Jr. He was 90 years old. Switzer spent 18 years at the helm of Maine and 27 at Plymouth State in New Hampshire, retiring in 2018 at age 88 after 62 years of coaching. Switzer spoke to Swimming World...

Read more0

Passages: Kevin Thorburn, Etobicoke Director of Swimming, Dies at 63

Kevin Thorburn, the director of swimming and high performance coach at Etobicoke Swim Club in Ontario, passed away Tuesday at age 63. Etobicoke announced Thorburn’s death on its Facebook page: “It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you of the sudden passing of Head Coach Kevin Thorburn. O...

Read more0

Passages: Terry Sayring Passes From Battle With Cancer at Age 81

ISHOF is sad to announce that Terry Sayring, the 2017 Paragon Award recipient for water polo, passed away on March 16, 2020, after a courageous battle against cancer. Terry was 81 years old. Sayring first became involved in water polo when, upon being discharged from the Marine Corp in California, h...

Read more0

Passages: Mike Hastings, Coach of Summer Sanders, Passes Away

Mike Hastings, a former swim coach for California Capital Aquatics, has passed away on Sunday, February 29. Hastings was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and mentored Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders. Hastings founded California Capital Aquatics in 1983 "w...

Read more0

Passages: Former Navy Diving Coach Joe Suriano Passes Away

Joe Suriano, who served as the Navy diving coach and a physical education instructor at the USNA for 35 years, passed away this week in Annapolis. A celebration of his life will be held Sat., Feb. 15, from 4-6 p.m. in Lejeune Hall with a reception to follow. Those interested in attending are asked t...

Read more0

Passages: Six-Time Olympic Water Polo Referee Eugenio Martinez Passes

Eugenio Martinez passes away. [caption id="attachment_409826" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Eugenio middle row, far right with the Cuban National team, late 1980s. Photo Courtesy: Osvaldo Garcia (middle row 3rd from right).[/caption] Six-time Olympic water polo referee Eugenio Martinez of Cuba ha...