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Rawls, Katherine Louiselocked

(14 June 1917–08 April 1982)
  • Frank V. Phelps

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Rawls, Katherine Louise (14 June 1917–08 April 1982), swimmer and diver, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the daughter of William Jennings Bryan Rawls and Sadie Rebecca McDonald, farmers. The family moved to Florida and lived in St. Augustine, Tampa, Hollywood, and Coral Gables, eventually settling in Fort Lauderdale in 1932. While still small, “Katy” contracted rheumatism. When swimming was suggested as a remedy, she took to the water readily and quickly developed natural aquatic skills, as did her younger siblings. The children became known locally as “the water babies.”...

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