Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Vol. 2 No. 54 Reggie Pearman R.I.P.
Reggie Pearman (1923-2012)
Reggie Pearman, one of the
US’s premier middle distance runners in the post WWII era, passed away June 15, 2012 in at the age of 89. New York City
Born of Ethiopian immigrant parents in
, Mr. Pearman attended NYU and was a prominent member of the Violets track team. He ran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, suffering a severe spike wound tohis Achilles tendon in 1948, and it was thought he would only walk with difficulty after that injury. He was back running at a high level within the year. He finished 7th in the 800 meter final saying, “I ran a lousy race. Those guys didn’t sit around and wait for me. They had their own races and raced them. New York City
In 1957 he won the national AAU 440 championship at
. In 1976 he was inducted into NYU’s hall of fame. Dayton, Ohio
Mr. Pearman was a close friend of Charlie Jenkins, the 400 meter champ at
. Jenkins recruited Reggie into the US Peace Corps where he worked as an administrator in Melbourne . Prior to that he had been teaching social studies and health education in a junior high school in Venezuela Queens. He continued his education at U. Mass receiving a doctorate in education, then taught graduate and doctoral students in education at State (PA) and other schools. Cornell, California
His first race was in a school intramural meet in 1941. "I think I ran the 440", but the following year he won the
high school cross country championship as a freshman. He also ran for the New York Pioneer Club, one of the first racially integrated track and field organizations. New York City
Having no guidance on seeking scholarships, he was a walk on at NYU. “My parents came from
. They didn’t understand what a scholarship was.” As a member of NYU’s team, he helped the school win a number of national relay titles which included a WR 3:22.7 sprint medley in 1950. His name was put on the Penn Relays Wall of Fame in 1994. Ethiopia
Mr. Pearman served in the army in the
Philippines in WWII and re-entered to serve in as well. Korea
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