Full name: Joseph Thomas "Joe" Verdeur
Born: March 7, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 6, 1991 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: La Salle Explorers, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Between 1948 and 1950, Joe Verdeur set 12 world records in butterfly events, and at the AAU championships he won 19 titles in the breaststroke and IM. While attending La Salle College, Verdeur was a four-time NCAA champion and worked his way through school as a night stoker at the famous Turner's Building. After graduation, the Kirk Douglas look-alike had aspirations of adding his name to the role of Olympic champions who have played Tarzan in the movies, but his dreams of Hollywood fame were not to be fulfilled.
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