Cal Track and Field Loses Binkley, Anderson

Sept. 18, 2006

BERKELEY - California track and field lost two important friends this summer in Dr. Frederick M. 'Ted' Binkley and Andy Anderson.

Binkley passed away at a convalescent hospital in Orinda last May at the age of 84.

Binkley graduated from Cal where he played on the football and basketball teams. After Cal, Binkley went on to attend medical school at UCSF where he would go on to found the school's department of vascular surgery.

Binkley served on both the Hiring and Steering Committees for Cal track and field. His most notable contribution to the program came in 1994, when Binkley got Edwards Track Stadium registered as an historical landmark. The stadium opened in 1932 and has hosted more NCAA track and field championships than any facility in the country.

Also this past summer, Anderson, who served for four years as the starter for all Cal home meets, passed away. Anderson officially began as the starter for Cal home meets the same year as Chris Huffins, the Director of Cal Track and Field, began his role.

Both of their predecessors served long tenures. Anderson replaced Tom Moore, who served diligently for 42 years as the starter at Cal home meets. As Moore became ill, Anderson filled in more and more. When Moore could no longer volunteer, Cal assistant coach Ed Miller asked Anderson to become the full-time starter.

Anderson was glad to accept.

'We called him, 'The other Tom Moore,'' Miller said.

The Cal track and field family will miss both departed friends.

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