November 6th in African American History – George Lawrence “Larry” James

George Lawrence “Larry” James

George Lawrence “Larry” James

November 6, 1947 George Lawrence “Larry” James, hall of fame track and field athlete, was born in Mount Pleasant, New York.

James started running track in the seventh grade and was a double medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. He won the Silver medal in the 400 meter race and the Gold medal as part to the 4 by 400 meter relay team which set a world record which lasted until 1992. James earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Villanova University in 1970 and in 1972 became dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services at Richard Stockton College, a position he held for 28 years.

In 1987, James earned a Master of Arts degree in public policy from Rutgers University. James was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003 and died November 6, 2008. The soccer and track and field stadium at Richard Stockton College is named in his honor.

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