Obituary: Wally Monahan / Pitt track star in 1950s

July 26, 1932 - Jan. 19, 2014

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Former Pitt track star Wally Monahan died Sunday at the age of 81.

Mr. Monahan's greatest collegiate achievement was setting the Pitt record for the 120-meter high hurdles in a meet at Notre Dame in 1953. A Pitt official said Mr. Monahan held that record for more than 25 years.

Mr. Monahan ran that race in 14.1 seconds, beating his own record set earlier that year.

After graduating from Pitt in 1954, Mr. Monahan served as a pilot in the Air Force before settling into a career selling Caterpillar tractors in northeastern Ohio.

Mr. Monahan is survived by his wife, Christel; a son, Joe; and daughters Carolyn Rigo, Marney Gorman, Cassie Fatica, Trixie Cleminshaw and Raquel Russell.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Madison, Ohio.


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