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Charles Decker Reidpath
Birth: Sep. 20, 1889
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1975
Erie County
New York, USA

Olympic Gold Medalist. Reidpath graduated from Lafayette high school in Buffalo, New York. While in high school he excelled in track in spite of an unorthodox "flat footed' running style, winning the 220 and 440 yard dashes in the 1912 intercollegiate games. In 1912 Reidpath graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in civil engineering. After graduation his family urged him to take a position with the family business in Buffalo, New York. Instead, he made the U.S. Olympic track team, and headed to Stockholm Sweden. Reidpath won the gold medal in the 400 meters in an Olympic record shattering time of 48.2 seconds. His record stood until the Olympics of 1924, when it was broken by Eric Liddle, whose story was made famous by the movie "Chariots of Fire". He followed that victory by running the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay, helping the U.S. team set a world record of 3:16.6, and winning a second gold medal. During World War II Reidpath was a Lieutenant Colonel serving in England, France and Belgium in the Transportation corps winning battle stars for the Northern France and Rheinland campaigns. He continued service in the New York National guard attaining the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in 1948. (bio by: Saratoga) 
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Erie County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 21
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Saratoga
Record added: Sep 09, 2011
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