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Schwartz, Elizabeth Robinsonlocked

(23 August 1911–18 May 1999)
  • David L. Porter

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Schwartz, Elizabeth Robinson (23 August 1911–18 May 1999), track-and-field athlete, track‐and‐field athlete, was born and raised in Riverdale, Illinois, near Chicago, the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Robinson. Known as Betty, Robinson graduated in 1929 from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, where she took part in music, drama, and intramural athletics. In 1928 Charles Price, Robinson's biology teacher and the assistant track‐and‐field coach, spotted the sixteen‐year‐old sprinting for a commuter train and was astonished at her speed. Then after watching her run 50 yards in a school corridor, Price suggested that she participate in Chicago‐area track‐and‐field meets for the powerful Illinois Women's Athletic Club....

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