Gerry and Bob at Hawaii nationals.
Personally sad news to report: Our friend Gerry Davidson
died Friday at her home in Seal Beach Leisure World south of Los Angeles. She was 90, and hadn’t run in several years. She suffered a stroke in April and never recovered. She lost her beloved husband, Bob, about five years ago. The word comes from Debbie Selby
, who learned of the passing from Gerry’s son Norm. Gerry once lived an hour from me in north San Diego County, and the first time I spied her she was doing yoga against a set of bleachers at MiraCosta College. She was wearing long black leg tights, and I swore she looked 30 years old. She was in her late 70s at the time.
Gerry ran for several clubs, including the San Diego Track Club.
A 2003 inductee of the USATF Masters Hall of Fame, Gerry still holds world records in the W80 and W85 outdoor mile (9:00.52 and 11:03.11) and W80 indoor mile (10:54.48) as well as a slew of road records. I wrote about her setting the W80 mile record the same day Alan Webb broke Jim Ryun’s legendary high school mile record.
Bob and Gerry at 2006 Trojan Masters Meet at USC. (Photos by Ken Stone)