Honoring Eleanor Montgomeryby Representative Marcia L. Fudge
Posted on 2014-01-16
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Ms. FUDGE. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the citizens of the Eleventh
Congressional District of Ohio, I rise today to recognize and reflect
on the achievements of Eleanor Montgomery, who was inducted into the
U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2013 on her 67th birthday. Ms.
Montgomery passed away three weeks later on December 28, 2013.
A native Clevelander, Ms. Montgomery literally set the bar high early in life. At the tender age of 14, she won her first national title in the long jump, and while in high school, she set a record and won a gold medal at the 1963 Pan American Games as a high jumper. Ms. Montgomery went on to compete in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics as a member of the U.S. Track and Field Team. She was the U.S. high jumping champion, placing 8th at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She won six Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national high jump titles from 1963 to 1967 and in 1969, and won the Pan American games in 1967.
A member of the famous Tennessee State TigerBelles, which dominated women's track and field before there was a Title IX, Ms. Montgomery was ranked top 10 in the world through most of the 1960's.
Later in life, Ms. Montgomery raised the bar for us all as she worked tirelessly for decades encouraging youth and promoting academic and athletic opportunities for them. As an employee of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, she served as a high school track and cross country official. She was also the executive director of the NFL Players Association Youth Camp and coordinated Special Olympics events.
Eleanor Montgomery achieved what many merely dream of doing. She will be missed and long remembered.