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Former Track All-America Carroll Thrift Passes Away
1967 4x100 relay team - Carroll Thrift, Chick McGeehan, Gary Wagner, Richmond Flowers

1967 4x100 relay team - Carroll Thrift, Chick McGeehan, Gary Wagner, Richmond Flowers

April 3, 2009

Former Tennessee track and field standout Carroll Thrift passed away Sunday morning in Orlando, Fla., after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Thrift was a three year letterman from 1965-67 and a member of Tennessee's 1967 All-America 4x100 relay team. He was also a two-time SEC champion on UT 4x100 relays and a member of Tennessee teams that won a total of six conference titles in his three seasons as a letterman. After exhausting his eligibility, Thrift stayed in Knoxville to serve as a student coach for two seasons under former UT head coach Chuck Rohe.

He is survived by his wife, Patty, and children Gwynna and Spencer. A memorial service is scheduled for April 24th at Leu Gardens in Orlando.

 

 

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