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Track and field community mourns the loss Glenda Reiser

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Athletics Canada is deeply saddened by the passing of Glenda Reiser on January 6.  Glenda competed at the 1972 Olympic Games, and won a gold medal in the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

Sincere condolences to Glenda’s family and friends.

The following is her obituary from the Ottawa Citizen:

REISER, Glenda, M.D. After a long illness on Sunday, January 6, 2008 at the age of 52. Beloved daughter of Ruth and Carl (Ted) Reiser. Cherished sister of Greg (Dianne) and Susan (Ron Sarich). Loving aunt of Renae Reiser and Nikki Sarich. Dear niece of Betty (Walter Kale). Glenda was an Olympic Athlete and a teenage middle-distance running sensation, setting the Canadian open record of 4:06.71 for 1,500 metres while competing in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. She won three national titles at this distance and won the gold medal at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. She was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. She gave up her running to pursue her other passion, a career in medicine so that she could help others. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street on Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 11 a.m. until Service time in the Chapel at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, K1Z 7K4, for research and implementation of programmes.

Click here to view / sign her guest book.

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