John Whittemore - 2005 Honoree

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John Whittemore, class of 1917,  won national attention for his many years of successful competition in the world of Masters Track and Field.  “I love to beat the old men” Mr. Whittemore noted, which is apparent through his home featuring several walls full of trophies and medals that he won as one of the country’s leading senior athletes. When Mr. Whittemore was younger, he enjoyed track and field, tennis and baseball at the old De la Vina St. campus and later became a competitive swimmer with a group called Club West. And when he wasn’t out on the field, courts or even in the pool, he was known to play a fierce game of bridge.  Even at the age of 105, MR. Whittemore was still out throwing the shot put and javelin, quoting, “I can beat every other 105-year-old around.”  It is with his indomitable will, which is expressed in his continuing quest for the next meet, that Mr. Whittemore’s longevity has made USA Track and Field consider competitions for athletes ages 105-109. 





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