The United States Olympic community was hit with some sad news on Tuesday when the University of Pittsburgh announced that United States track and field star Herb Douglas had died at the age of 101.
Herb Douglas was the oldest living U.S. Olympic medalist after he earned the bronze medal in the long jump at the 1948 summer games in London.
“In every role that he filled, as an aspiring athlete from Hazelwood, as a student-athlete and University trustee and as an esteemed businessman, Olympian and community leader, Herb Douglas excelled,” Pittsburgh Univeristy chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in a statement announcing his passing, according to Fox News.
“He was both a champion himself and a champion of others, never hesitating to open doors of opportunity and help people pursue their own success. Unsurprisingly, Herb left an indelible mark on this world, while leaving an incomprehensible hole in the hearts of so many. I am proud to have called him my friend, and Karen and I will be keeping his family and circle of loved ones close in thought as we begin to honor his remarkable life and legacy.”
It’s a heartbreaking loss and the sports community mourned his passing on social media.
Forever a legend. Rest in peace, Herb 💙💛 https://t.co/XncXbFF58F
— Pitt Softball (@Pitt_SB) April 24, 2023
A great friend of the USATF Foundation❤️ Rest In Peace to the 1948 Olympian, Herb Douglas 💙🤍
Bronze medal ~ long jump ~ 7.54 m
1948 London Olympics https://t.co/bqsqiZz0oW
— USATF Foundation (@USTrackFieldFDN) April 24, 2023
— Rich Dietrich (@PantherRich) April 24, 2023
A champion in everything he did. He was a true legend and mentor. https://t.co/J5UVv1T9Ac
— Chris Ferris (@cferris09) April 24, 2023
Rest in Peace, Herb Douglas.
Not just one of the best Pitt men.
Not just one of the best Pittsburghers.
We lost an American sporting legend who lived a trailblazing life for 101 years. pic.twitter.com/NGU1JTvNZ0
— RJ Sepich (@RJSepich) April 24, 2023
Douglas lived a long and accomplished life, and it’s safe to say he will not be forgotten.