World-class meet announcer Peter Taylor suffers stroke in Virginia

Pete Taylor

Shocking, sad news from Phoebe Breskman arrived about 7:20 p.m. Pacific time Sunday about her brother Peter: “Peter Taylor was admitted on March 24th to Fairfax Hospital on Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA, after having a stroke. Discharge date is unknown. He will not announce any meets for April or May. He will consider future meets after he sees how he feels.” That’s all I know at the moment. Peter is our national treasure, and he’s had serious health setbacks before. But a stroke is a wild card. Have no idea the extent of the damage. Some people bounce back, while others can become paralyzed and lose ability to speak. Pray for Pete.

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March 25, 2012

60 Responses

  1. Marie Kay - March 25, 2012

    So sad to hear the news of Peter, pls pass on my well wishes and i pray he has a full speedy recovery

    Love Marie Kay

  2. Robin Hanson - March 25, 2012

    Such a shock. May the Goddess bless and protect him.

  3. Vance Jacobson - March 25, 2012

    Hi Pete,
    Stay strong. As a journeyman in the masters track business, I have always been below the levels of high attention elite masters receive, yet you have given me your voice and assistance on records – efforts beyond what others would have done. So when I hear what has happened, my heart hurts. Get well, bounce back, and talk fast and loud. I will train harder for you!

  4. Julie Hayden - March 25, 2012

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I am all to familiar with strokes, as I my own mom suffered one recently. I live in Northern Virginia not too far from Falls Church and will follow up and see if I can visit Peter and bring him our prayers and well wishes.

  5. Nolan Shaheed - March 25, 2012

    This is shockingly bad news. Pete is not only loved and adored by the track and field community but he loves and lives for the thing he does best. I wish a full and speedy recovery for Pete so he can return to the arena.

  6. James Chinn - March 25, 2012

    Peter, my prayers are with you. I have no doubt you’ll be back soon better than ever.

  7. Karl Hawke - March 25, 2012

    Very sad news. Wishing you a complete and quick recovery. You are our voice, Peter.

  8. Fidel - March 25, 2012

    Very sorry to hear this. Get well soon Pedro!

  9. Jerry Smartt - March 26, 2012

    Difficult times, Peter. You be tough, for you and your family, and for us. You’re sorely missed. Smartty and your “gang.”

  10. Craig Davis - March 26, 2012

    PRAYERS AND GOD SPEED for Peter and his family !!!

  11. Roger Pierce - March 26, 2012

    Peter, my friend. Don’t you dare leave us. We all want you recovered and back with us. You are the heart and soul of our major track meets.
    I believe thoughts and prayers can help, and you are being given an enormous quantity of both by so many people. Tell us what you need, We are here for you as you have been there for us all these years.
    Heal up and return soon.
    Love you my friend…

  12. Mary Harada - March 26, 2012

    We are all cheering for you Peter. Hope you recover quickly.

  13. Rob D'Avellar - March 26, 2012

    Peter, your fans are legion. If support is the balm that heals, you will be back in the announcing booth in a no time.

  14. kevin f forde - March 26, 2012

    Praying comes naturally to an Irish catholic like me so you’ll be thought of and prayed for on a daily basis,get well soon,wishing you a speedy recovery

  15. Burr Daly - March 26, 2012

    Peter, get well soon. We’ll all say a prayer for you.

  16. Terry Ballou - March 26, 2012

    I am so sorry to hear this news….if anyone has an address for Peter please let us know.

    Peter, I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and know that there are many, many people pulling for you. Sending you positive energy and healing thoughts!!!!

  17. Liz Palmer - March 26, 2012

    Pete, we are all pulling for you and sending good thoughts your way!!

  18. Renee Henderson - March 26, 2012

    I am deeply saddened to hear this. Pete, my family and I am certain, the Master’s track family are all praying for you.

  19. Linda Carty - March 26, 2012

    Peter, get well soon. We need you back.

  20. Lesley Richardson - March 26, 2012

    I am so sorry to hear this and I wish you a full and speedy recovery Peter, all your friends from over the pond are thinking of you.

  21. Rick Easley - March 26, 2012

    The Outdoor Nationals will be sorely lacking without you in the booth Pete. I am adding my prayers to the army of prayers already out there. We hope to see you return to add your particular flare to our competitive lives next year.

  22. Doug Spencer - March 26, 2012

    Praying that your health will be restored ! You are such an asset to our sport .

  23. dave albo - March 26, 2012

    We witness lots of great performances at the National meets. “The Voice” is right up there at the top. My thoughts and prayers are in the mix.

  24. Bubba Sparks - March 26, 2012

    SO sorry to hear the news. You’re in our prayers Pete! Love and Godspeed! Bubba

  25. Barry Warmerdam - March 26, 2012

    Get well soon, Pete!

  26. Maryline Roux - March 26, 2012

    Dearest Peter …
    The Golden voice of Track&Field is always singing in our ears, even when you are not there (ie:Sacramento). I am praying with all my heart that your strong mind will fight back. We are all with you in prayers and with Love and support.
    Sending clouds of healing vibes ~*~ Maryline Roux, Ivory Coast .-)

  27. Warren Graff - March 26, 2012

    maybe someone who lives in the area can stop in on Peter at the hospital and see how he’s doing (and give him our best wishes for a speedy recovery).

  28. West Coast Sprinter - March 26, 2012

    Praying for you, Peter!

  29. Noel Ruebel - March 26, 2012

    “And they’re off!” “There’s a whole gaggle of prayers and well wishes coming ’round the bend, and it looks like Taylor is going to nip this in the end!” Godspeed and all the best from your friend in North Carolina.

  30. Steve Chantry - March 26, 2012

    Peter, I am so sorry to hear this news. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

  31. Jim Broun - March 26, 2012

    My prayers go out for you..always a class act, and a jewel for masters track and field. I wish you a speedy recovery Peter, and godspeed.

  32. Mike Sullivan - March 26, 2012

    Mr. Taylor,
    You are in our prayers….

  33. Gary - March 26, 2012

    Thoughts are with him….Is he from VA? I live like 10 mins from that hospital..

  34. Lance Elliott - March 26, 2012

    So sorry to hear the news, Peter. It was great seeing you at indoor nationals. Wishing you a fast and complete recovery so we can see you again at the next masters meet!

  35. Kevin Miller - March 26, 2012

    Stay strong Peter!! Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  36. dave ashford - March 26, 2012

    Peter,sincerly i wish you well ,you are our people and we need you,be well and god has his hands on you,,,,,,,,prayers.

  37. Gary Grobman - March 26, 2012

    I, too, add my best wishes. Peter’s announcing prowess has added immeasurably to the enjoyment I have had participating in USATF national and regional meets. His memory for Masters trivia is legendary, and he is as committed to the sport as anyone. My prayers are with him for a complete recovery.

  38. William - March 26, 2012

    You’re an institution. I hope you’ll be back soon. Your knowledge and announcing is irreplacable in Masters Track.

  39. Alison Suckling - March 26, 2012

    Peter : Hang in there! You’re the best. Take it slowly and we look forward to seeing you back soon.

  40. Joseph Burleson - March 26, 2012

    Peter: I joing the thousands of T&F fans and friends of yours in wishing you the speediest recovery. You are truly our national treasure, your presence, your dedication, and your friendship is the spark and the fire that propels us individually to run, jump, and throw with all our might. May we see you again really soon!

  41. Oscar Peyton - March 26, 2012

    Pete, I can’t imagine participating in a big meet without hearing your commentation. On that note; get well soon and hurry back.

  42. Lindy Raney - March 26, 2012

    More prayers sent your way Pete. I hope you recover quickly and fully.

  43. David Neumann - March 26, 2012

    Peter, the long list of well-wishers on this thread is a testament to the deep respect and admiration people in this community have for you. Get better ASAP.

  44. Don Young - March 26, 2012

    get better fast!

  45. Ruthlyn Greenfield-Webster, RN - March 26, 2012

    Oh this was so sad to read! Peter, you are a true gift to our sport and I will be praying for a speedy recovery and no residual effects from this stroke for you!!

  46. Dick Soller - March 26, 2012

    Prayers for a speedy recovery.

  47. Jeff Mann - March 26, 2012

    Get well soon, Peter.

  48. JohnSimpson - March 27, 2012

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Peter!!
    Get well please sir!

  49. coreen steinbach - March 27, 2012

    Dearest Peter,
    You worked SO hard at Nationals – no breaks, no help, morning until night. It was brutally hot in that arena. I am thinking that put too much stress on you. PLEASE know that I am thinking of you every day with love and sending healing thoughts your way. The collective arms of Masters Track and Field are around you.

  50. Thomas Hartshorne - March 27, 2012

    Thinking of you Peter . . .your wonderful voice and mind which for years has attended to the details of the lives of others. We are all rooting for you to roll off the mat from this tough hurdle fall and return to full stride.

  51. annie bunting - March 27, 2012

    So many people are cheering for you, Peter, and from north of the border too! Take good care.

  52. Cheryl - March 27, 2012

    get well soon Peter

  53. Sarah - March 28, 2012

    Pete, you are a treasure to our community and I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.

  54. Rick Hoebeke - March 28, 2012

    Hey, Peter, I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of your stroke. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a full recovery so you can go back to the things you love and do best – the official voice of Masters Track & Field in America. Get better, my friend!

  55. jai - March 28, 2012

    I just heard this sad news. My prayers are with you and your family for a speedy recovery.

  56. coreen steinbach - March 28, 2012

    Does anyone have a home address where we can send cards to Peter? Looks like he has gone home from the hospital. Thanks.

  57. peter taylor - March 28, 2012

    Coreen, I was discharged about 3:25 PM today (Wednesday). I am definitely not 100% but hope to be so by June 1. I will receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing care, and speech therapy at home. I can guarantee you I will not need the speech therapy.

    PT 4014 Hallman St., No. 3 Fairfax VA 22030-5265

  58. Ruthlyn Greenfield-Webster, RN - March 28, 2012

    So glad to hear that the CAE went well Peter! LOL at “not needing speech therapy”!!! 😉 I wish you all the best in your recovery and I’m looking forward to seeing (hearing) you again real soon!

  59. Lonnie Hooker - March 31, 2012

    Pete – Glad you are doing better. Hang in there great one.

  60. David Montieth - May 19, 2012

    Peter, hope your recovery is going well. Glad to hear your great voice needs no therapy! Hope to see you at the USATF Outdoor Nationals in Lisle, IL!

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