Ex-USC Olympic Gold Medalist Quartermiler Mike Larrabee Dies
April 22, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - Former USC quartermiler Mike Larrabee, who won 2 gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday (April 22) in Santa Maria, Calif. He was 69.
As a 31-year-old high school mathematics teacher, Larrabee won the 400-meter dash in 45.1 in Tokyo and also ran the second leg of the U.S. 1600-meter relay team which won in a world record time of 3:00.7.
He equalled the world record in the 400 (44.9) at the 1964 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Larrabee lettered in track at USC for 3 seasons (1954-56) and was a member of the Trojans' NCAA championship teams in 1954 and 1955
After his running career, he became a beverage distributor.
The stadium at his prep alma mater, Ventura High, was renamed Larrabee Stadium in his honor in 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and his 3 children, Tracy Larrabee, Lisa Larrabee Duncan and Michael Denson Larrabee, plus 3 grandchildren.
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