Zdravko Ježić

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Olympic medal record
Men's Water Polo
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team competition
Silver 1956 Melbourne Team competition

Zdravko "Pusko" Ježić (August 17, 1931 – June 19, 2005) was a Croatian chemist and water polo player who competed for Yugoslavia in the 1952 Summer Olympics, in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and in the 1960 Summer Olympics.

He was born in Niš. In 1958 he received a degree in chemical technology at the Faculty of Technology in Zagreb, where he also started working in 1960 at the Organic Chemical Industry (OKI).[1] He received his PhD in 1962 in organic chemical technology, and afterward he went on to a postdoctoral study at the University of Michigan. From 1966 until his retirement in 1992 he worked at Dow Chemical Company in the United States and was engaged in the development and production of polymeric materials.[1] He authored numerous scientific and technical papers and 13 patents.[1]

He was a prominent water polo player and a member of Mladost Zagreb. Ježić was part of the Yugoslav team which won the silver medal in the 1952 tournament. He played all nine matches. Four years later he won again the silver medal with the Yugoslav team in the 1956 tournament. He played all seven matches. In 1960 he was a member of the Yugoslav team which finished fourth in the Olympic competition. He played all seven matches and scored four goals.

As a U.S. citizen and appeared in an Olympic-themed commercial for Dow Chemical during the 1988 Olympics.

He died in New York City, United States.

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  1. ^ a b c "Ježić, Zdravko", Croatian Encyclopedia (in Croatian), Leksikografski zavod Miroslav Krleža, 1999–2009, retrieved May 29, 2014