On this day in 1933, the body of Richard Glendon, the coach of the Columbia crew team, was discovered in Chatham covered with snow. The death, which was suspicious and resembled a suicide, was called accidental by the medical examiner of the era.
The elder Glendon coached at Annapolis from 1904 and 1923; among his rowers was a future admiral named Chester Nimitz. Glendon was succeeded at Annapolis by his son Rich, who had returned to Columbia by the time of his death a decade later.
Five years after the death of Richard Glendon, his son Thomas Glendon and a school friend were lost at sea in November 1938 while duck hunting off Chatham.
The story in the New York Times that day read:
R.J. GLENDON SHOT DEAD ON CAPE COD;
Columbia Crew Coach Killed Accidentally on Hunt,
Medical Examiner Holds.
LETTER FOUND BY FATHER
' Young Dick' Recently Had Marital Rift
University Is Grieved by Tragedy
SOUTH CHATHAM, Mass., Dec. 14. -- Bearing a gunshot wound in the right side and abdomen, the body of Richard J. (Rich) Glendon, coach of the Columbia crew, was found today in a bleak, snow-covered spot near an old ice house not far from the beach.
The finding of the body, covered with snow, culminated an all-night search by his father, Richard A (Old Dick) Glendon, famous Navy crew coach, his brother, Hubert, assistant crew coach at Columbia, and friends.
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