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Mal Whitfield Memorial Service Set

Mal Whitfield in 1948

Mal Whitfield, no. 136, running in the 1948 Olympics. (Courtesy, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, D.C.)

(17 May 2016) A memorial service for U.S. Information Agency sports and youth officer Malvin Whitfield is set for Wednesday, 8 June. In addition to his work for USIA, Mr. Whitfield was an Olympic gold medalist in 1948 and 1952, and a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. He died on 19 November 2015 at a veterans’ hospice in Washington, D.C.

The memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 am on Wednesday, 8 June at Washington National Cathedral, followed by burial at Arlington National Ceremony. Buses will leave Washington National Cathedral about 2:00 pm for Arlington Cemetery, with the burial taking place about 3:00 pm. Buses will return to the cathedral following the burial.

Mr. Whitfield won two gold medals in the 1948 games in the 800 meters and as part of the 4 x 400 meter relay team. He repeated his 800 meter gold medal victory in 1952. Beginning in 1955, Mr. Whitfield conducted sports clinics for State Department and USIA, which continued for 30 years. In this capacity, he visited some 130 countries, with most of his clinics in Africa.

In November and December 2015, many former colleagues posted their memories of their experiences with Mr. Whitfield on Public Diplomacy.org.

Hat tip: Neal Walsh

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