In Memory: Larry Klecatsky

Lawrence (Larry) J. Klecatsky, MD, a 1976 Olympian and 10-time national team member, passed away unexpectedly on December 13 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 77.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Klecatsky graduated from St. Thomas College in St. Paul in 1963 and earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967. Serving as a physician and Lieutenant First Class in the U.S. Navy, he moved to New York City and continued to build his medical career of over 30 years as director of emergency medicine at the Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was honored as Physician of the Year in 2000 before retiring in 2008.

Klecatsky began rowing as a teenager, eventually becoming an elite sculler. He competed for St. Thomas College, Minnesota Boat Club and then the New York Athletic Club, which was close to his longtime home in Pelham Manor, N.Y.

Klecatsky made his first U.S. National Team in 1974, racing in the open weight quadruple sculls at the 1974 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, before going on to finish eighth in the open weight double sculls at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. A natural lightweight, Klecatsky competed in lightweight events at six world championships, winning a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls in 1980 in Hazewinkel, Belgium.

During his rowing career, Klecatsky won more than 800 races including over 50 USRowing national championships and more than 50 Royal Canadian Henley titles. He held the course record for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston for 12 years and held the record for the Grand Masters Singles from 1992-2014.

In 1978, he was inducted into National Rowing Hall of Fame and subsequently the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, three sons and three granddaughters.

Service and visitation information can be found here. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Minnesota Boat Club, 1 South Wabasha Street, St. Paul, MN 55107.

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