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Walter Dray

Full name: Walter Remy Dray
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 21, 1886 in Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died: April 1, 1973 in Yorkville, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Oxford School, Chicago/Yale University
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Walter Dray was IC4A pole vault champion in 1907-08. In those two years, he also set three world records in the pole vault. One of those (3.82 [12-6½]) was set in winning the 1908 Penn Relays title. Dray captained the Yale University track team but eventually earned a degree from MIT.

Dray later worked as a tractor manufacturing engineer and designer. In 1917 he became general manager of Hart-Parr Company, which manufactured farm tractors in Charles City, Iowa. He became vice-president of the troubled company, and was able to procure two contracts with the US government to build steam steering engines for warships and cast steel wheels for a four-wheel drive truck, which helped provide the struggling company with much needed income. Dray’s leadership revived the company and he was appointed to the board of directors in 1919.

Personal Best: PV – 3.90 (12-9½) (1908).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 18 St. Louis Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 6

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 18 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 6
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