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Thanks to Johnny

Re 'Hall of Famer was athlete, soldier, author' (Sports, March 4): I was sad to read of the passing of a legend in the local sports community. Johnny Brown was one of the summer track coaches who, along with the late Scrap Chandler, would hold swimming and track camps in the early 1950s at the old 'Norfolk Division,' as we called it. It's now Old Dominion University.

Johnny had a unique way of helping to improve running time in the low hurdles and other events. He was patient and knew what each kid was capable of.

In the past 10 years, Johnny attended the monthly lunches of the 'Old Maury guys.' He had a remarkable memory. He also was one of the 'greatest generation' who went to war and returned to coach and mentor many.

He made a difference. He will be missed.

Don Hipple
Virginia Beach

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