Ronald Crawford (water polo)

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Ronald "Ron" Emerson Crawford (December 6, 1939 - December 20, 2015) was an American water polo player who competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics, in the 1964 Summer Olympics, and in the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Crawford was a member of the American water polo team which finished seventh in the 1960 tournament. He played six matches and scored five goals.

Four years later he was eliminated in the first round with the American team in the 1964 Olympic tournament. He played three matches and scored four goals.

At the 1968 Olympic water polo tournament he finished fifth with the American team. He played all eight matches but did not score a goal.

In 1966, he became a water polo coach at Beverly Hills High School where he continued to coach until at least the early 1990s.

In 1977, Ronald Crawford was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame, and in 1983 became the first American water polo player to be inducted into the international water polo Hall of Fame.

Ronald Crawford was a Manhattan Beach resident of 53 years, died peacefully on December 20, 2015 surrounded by his family.

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