UCLA T & F Sends Condolences To Family Of Paul Suzuki

June 23, 2005

Paul Suzuki, a long-time area track & field official who for many years worked the Bruin meets at Drake Stadium, was killed on Wednesday when he was accidentally hit in the head by a shot put at the Home Depot Center in Carson. He was struck while shotputters were practicing, preparing for this week's U. S. T & F Championships, which starts Thursday at the Home Depot Center.

'For over three decades, Paul was a loyal and hard working track & field official at our meets,' said Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas. 'As an official at Drake Stadium, our staff and athletes have always felt a real kinship and friendship with Paul. We are devastated by this sad news. Paul was one of the genuinely nice people. We dedicate our efforts at this week's U. S. meet to Paul's family.'

USA T & F released a statement today - The USA Track & Field family is profoundly saddened by the tragic shot put accident that claimed the life of Paul Suzuki on Wednesday. We send our deepest sympathies to Mr. Suzuki's family.

'Everyone at AEG and the Home Depot Center sends their heartfelt condolences to the family,' added Bill Peterson, Managing Director of the Home Depot Center.

Suzuki, 77, who was a retired landscape maintenance worker, is survived by his wife, Dorothy, three children and four grandchildren.

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