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Death – Obituary

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
January 11, 2022  &nbsp

2014 The Bowerman winner Deon Lendore passed away on Monday.

Lendore died in a car crash on his way home from serving as
a volunteer assistant coach for Texas A&M’s track & field program, helping
oversee the 400-meter and 800-meter specialists. He was 29.

Eight years ago, Lendore put together one of the most dominant collegiate campaigns ever. Lendore ran in eight 400-meter finals in 2014, winning them all and going 1-0 in 200-meter finals to boot. His 45.03 to win the 400 at the SEC Indoor Championships was the fastest indoor mark in the world that year. Lendore’s 44.36 outdoors, which completed the sweep of SEC crowns, was the fastest among collegiate athletes that year. In addition to winning both the indoor and outdoor national titles in the 400, Lendore anchored the winning 4×400 relay and the runner-up 4×100 relay at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Don’t forget that Lendore also clocked the fastest relay split in collegiate indoor history of 44.63 to lead Texas A&M to a collegiate record of 3:03.20 CR at the SEC meet).

Lendore continued his sensational running on the world stage, winning five global medals (one silver, four bronze) in the 4×400 relay. He anchored his native Trinidad & Tobago to the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and added four more medals over the years within the confines of the World Indoor Championships (three) and World Championships (one). Lendore also led off Trinidad and Tobago’s 4×400 relay team at the 2019 IAAF World Relays that placed first in a world-leading 3:00.81.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.