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John B. Kelly, Jr.

Oarsman + Olympic Athlete + Winner
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Born May 24, 1927
Died May 2, 1985

John Brendan Kelly, Jr., also known as Kell Kelly or Jack Kelly, was an accomplished oarsman, a four-time Olympian, and an Olympic medal winner. He was also the son of triple Olympic gold medal winner John B. Kelly, Sr. In 1947, Kelly was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1927 Birth Born in 1927.

TWENTIES

He was also the son of triple Olympic gold medal winner John B. Kelly, Sr. In 1947, Kelly was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. … Read More
1948 21 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, Kelly competed on the same Henley course where he had won the Diamond Challenge Sculls the year before. … Read More
1951 24 Years Old Kelly's first wife was Mary Gray Freeman (now known as Mary Spitzer), the 1951 national women's champion in swimming and a member of the United States swimming team destined for the 1952 Olympics at Helsinki. (She appeared on the cover of Life Magazine on July 23, 1951). … Read More
1952 25 Years Old At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Kelly again won his opening heat. … Read More
1956 29 Years Old At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Kelly won his Olympic medal, a bronze. … Read More

THIRTIES

1960 33 Years Old In 1960, Kelly competed in the double scull at his final Olympics in Rome. … Read More
1964 37 Years Old In 1964, following his retirement from rowing, Kelly acted as manager for the United States Olympic 8-man boat. … Read More

FORTIES

1968 41 Years Old In 1968, Kelly served as a member of the national committee for the Modern pentathlon.
1970 43 Years Old Kelly became a passionate advocate for the athletes. He was elected president of the Amateur Athletic Union in 1970 and stirred controversy by arguing that the amateur code had become outmoded thereby helping free the Olympics from sham amateurism. … Read More
1974 47 Years Old In 1974, Kelly headed a group of Philadelphia business men who became owners of the Philadelphia Bell a franchise in the now defunct World Football League. … Read More
1975 48 Years Old In 1975 Kelly's well-publicized fling with a transsexual named Rachel Harlow - formerly Richard Finocchio - was a factor in his decision to drop out of the mayoral contest in Philadelphia when the opposition threatened to campaign with the slogan "Do you want Rachel Harlow as First Lady of Philadelphia?"http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20085846,00.html … Read More

FIFTIES

1981 54 Years Old Following his divorce, Kelly married Sandra Worley, a banker, on May 28, 1981.
Kelly became active in politics and was a strong supporter of athletics, and in 1985 was appointed President of the United States Olympic Committee. … Read More
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