Beginning our 7th year and over 2500 pages. A blog for fans of Track and Field from the 1950's and 60's, culled from various articles in sports journals of the day with added commentaries from readers who lived and ran and coached in that era.
We're the equivalent of an American Legion post of Track and Field but without cheap beer. You may contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or write a comment at the end of a given posting.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
V 7 N. 6 Ray Wyatt R.I.P. Kansas Jayhawk
Ray Wyatt R.I.P.
Ray Wyatt leading the pack at the Big 8 Indoor 195?
Ray Wyatt passed away on October 16, 2016. Ray was a stalwart (long sprints) on the U. of Kansas track team in the 1950s. He was teammate and friend of Wes Santee and spent a lot of time with Wes during Wes' final days. Ray also was a great friend of KU track alumni and hosted several gatherings of that illustrious group. His website can be seen at Ray Wyatt. This website has a lot of interesting things about Kansas track in the 50s and also some things about Ray's hobbies with big Corvettes and collecting relics at archeological sites in the Lawrence area. He contributed information about KU to this blog and also to Racing Past written by my friend John Cobley. John did a nice piece about Wes Santee with Ray's assistance. I only learned of Ray's passing when his emails failed to be delivered when we sent notices of new posts on Once Upon a Time in the Vest. Ray and I never talked directly except by email, but he was generous with his time and his answers about track at Lawrence.
Ray Wyatt left us October 6, 2016. Born May 11, 1936 in Topeka, KS, to Ralph and Maryetta Wyatt, he distinguished himself by record-breaking high school track performances that led to scholarships at The University of Kansas. Upon graduation, he served in the Army and National Guard 1959-1969. He was known in Wichita for his influential management at Boeing, his love of speed and Corvettes, and long-lasting friendships. Memorial contributions in his honor are welcomed for the "Ralph E. and Ray C. Wyatt Fund For Athletics" at The University of Kansas, 1651 Naismith Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045, to provide student scholarships for participants in non-revenue producing sports. He was a proud Jayhawk.