Morris Kirksey (1920)
September 13, 1895|
|Died||November 25, 1981
San Mateo, California
Morris Marshall Kirksey (September 13, 1895 - November 25, 1981) was an American track and field athlete and rugby union footballer who won two gold medals at the 1920 Summer Olympics. He is one of four athletes to win gold medals in two different Olympic sports.
At the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Kirksey finished second in the 100-meter sprint behind Charlie Paddock. Six days later he anchored the United States 4x100-meter relay team that won the gold medal in a world record time of 42.2 seconds. Two weeks later Kirksey won his second gold medal, helping the American rugby team defeat France 8-0.
Kirksey earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Stanford and then a degree from St. Louis Medical College. He worked as a staff psychiatrist for the state Department of Corrections, assigned to San Quentin and Folsom prisons.
Morris Kirksey died in San Mateo, California, at the age of 86.
- Faraudo, Jeff. "Kirksey strikes gold in two sports". Oakland Tribune. FindArticles.com. 15 Mar, 2009.