Fred Tootell

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Fred Tootell, la champion olympique du lancer du marteau, en 1924.
Fred Tootell
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris Hammer throw

Frederick Delmont Tootell (September 9, 1902 – September 29, 1964) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the hammer throw.[1] He competed for the United States in the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris in the hammer throw where he won the gold medal. While participating the Olympics, Tootell was affiliated with the Boston Athletic Association.[2][3]

Tootell was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died in Wakefield, Rhode Island.[4][5] Tootell graduated from Bowdoin College in 1923,[6] where he played American football as a tackle and competed as a hammer thrower,[4] and enrolled at Tufts University School of Medicine to maintain his eligibility for the 1924 Olympics.[6] After Irish-born athletes had won the gold in the hammer throw for the United States for five straight Olympics, Tootell became the first American-born athlete to do so.

Beginning in 1925, he began a 39-year-long affiliation with the University of Rhode Island.[7] He was professor of physical education,[7] and coached the tennis, track, and cross country teams.[4][8] Between 1953 and 1962, Tootell served as the university's athletic director.[4] The school's Tootell Physical Education Center was named for him,[7] and his home, the Tootell House, in Kingston, Rhode Island is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tootell was posthumously elected to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1968.[9]

He married Anne Parsons in 1926. After they divorced in 1935,[10] Tootell married Lucy Rawlings Tootell.[11]


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  2. ^ "Fred slings a mean hammer". Journal Gazette. September 24, 1924. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tootell able to swing mean hammer". News Herald. September 18, 1924. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Fred Tootell, former coach, dies in R.I. at 62". Boston Globe. Associated Press. September 30, 1964. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Fred Tootell. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  6. ^ a b "Frederic D. Tootell '23". Bowdoin College. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Lavallee, Dave (April 11, 2005). "Legendary URI coach Tootell's granddaughter plays for women's basketball team". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Services Friday for Fred Tootell". North Adams Transcript. Associated Press. October 1, 1964. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Frederick D. Tootell". Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tootell divorce paves way for new romance". Boston Globe. July 25, 1935. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "Frederick Tootell, track coach, was 62". New York Times. October 1, 1964. Retrieved May 28, 2020.