Thanks from Darryl Taylor who forwarded this information about Cliff Bourland's passing. Information was from the Orange County Register
|Cliff in a preliminary heat in London, probably the semis. He won his three heats prior to the finals.|
Another article on Cliff from 2012 follows:
from the Brentwood News, August 15, 2012
My colleague Roy Mason recently sent the following in an email. At the time he did not know of Cliff Bourland's passing, but what he says makes sense in this context.
This isn't like baseball where an 80 year old Jim Davenport or Davey Concepcion can be introduced to an admiring crowd. Jim and Davey will forever be known for their athletic achievements. Track guys disappear once the career is over. George Mattos, two time Olympian, wasn't known as a pole vaulter. He was Mr. Mattos, the music teacher at Weed HS in Oregon. Same thing for swimming. My optometrist for 20 years, Mac Brown, was NCAA diving champ at SC in '54 and '55. Nice man, nothing more. Had no idea that he had been an athlete. Once I learned this I was ready to chat him up on the next appointment, but he died.