Archive for Saturday, July 17, 2010

Former KU track standout Dick Wilson dies at age 78

July 17, 2010


Kansas University Hall of Famer Dick Wilson died on Saturday after a battle with a brain tumor and terminal cancer. He was 78.

Wilson was a member of the Kansas track and field and cross country teams from 1950-54. He was a part of KU's 1953 national championship cross country team. Wilson was also a part of the four-mile relay team, which set an American record in that event.

Funeral services have not been finalized, but are expected to take place at a Baptist church in Lawrence on Tuesday.


Raymond Munoz 5 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Wilson was an inspiration to my wife and I when we ran a 5K he was in. Our condolences to the family.

stevewathke 5 years ago

I raced against Dick Wilson a few years ago in a 5k in Lawrence. I kept looking back and he as right there. I kept thinking that this guy was too old to be right behind me. He was 70 and I was 33. I barely beat him but did I really??? He was very encouraging to me after the race and when I found out he used to run for KU back in the 50's I didn't feel so bad. The guy was a class act. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. -Steve Wathke

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