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Walter Pritchard

Full name: Walter Herbert Pritchard
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: April 14, 1910 in Hancock, New York, United States
Died: August 31, 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Hamilton College
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Walter Pritchard finished second in the 1932 AAU steeplechase. He was fifth in the 1931 NCAA meet mile, competing for Hamilton College. Pritchard then attended Harvard Medical School, after which he did his internship and residency at Case Western Reserve.

Pritchard studied internal medicine, but became an early specialist in cardiology. In 1956 he was named chief of cardiology and held that role until 1973. He was promoted to full professor of medicine in 1960. In 1971 he was named chief of staff at University Hospital, holding that role until 1978. Pritchard was credited with performing the first defibrillation to restore a patient’s heartbeat. The track & field complex at Hamilton College is named in his honor, Pritchard Field.

Personal Best: 3000S – 9:19.2 (1932).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase United States USA 8

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 8 11:04.5
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 9:19.2
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