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April 25, 2018

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of the death of George Kleeman. He passed away on Sunday, April 22 - one week after suffering a major heart attack. George, 78, officiated Track & Field since 1975 and was one of the most influential leaders in officiating nationally and internationally. Some of George's contributions to our sport are listed below. Above those things, however, George was a mentor to many of us. He always had time to talk, teach, mentor, and encourage officials. The quality of officiating in the US today is a result, to a large degree, of his work and influence. There are many documents in the N.O.C. Best Practices Library that were authored by George and give guidance to officials across the country. He was an IAAF Instructor and taught IAAF ATO's and ITO's throughout the NACAC area, having served as an IAAF ITO himself. He held offices within the National Officials Committee and served on or chaired several committees through the years. He was a leader in the Gulf, West Virginia, and Pacific Associations as he lived and worked in those areas and each is richer because of George's efforts.

Services will be held on Monday, April 30, at 10:00am at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill, CA. Memorial Gathering and remembrance donation details are pending. All updates will be posted on "recent news" section. There is a more complete biography here.

A Partial List of George Kleeman's Contributions 

USATF Master Level Official, IAAF Level 3 International Technical Official

Events Officiated: 
Olympic Games – 3: 1996 Atlanta, 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, 2008 Beijing as IAAF ITO
Olympic Trials - 4: in 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008
USATF Open National Championships – 14
USATF Youth National Championships - 5
USATF Masters National Championships - 3
NCAA National Championships – 6
High School Championships – 10
Olympic Festivals - 4
Goodwill Games – 2
World Masters – 7
Other International Meets - 20

Positions Held: 
National Officials Training Chair 1997-2003
Officials Rules Chair 2004-2012
IAAF Technical Officials Taskforce 1997-2018, Chair 2000-2004
Chair of Equipment and Facilities Specifications Subcommittee 1990-2008
Rules Committee Associate Editor 1990 to 2018
USATF Budget Committee, 1997-1998

National Awards: 
Scott Hamilton Award for LDR Contributions in 1979
First recipient of Horace Crow Award for Association Committee 1992
Andy Bakjian Officials Award 1994
Giegengack Award, 1998
Otto Essig Award (Master’s LDR) 2000
USATF President’s Award 2003
Officials Committee Chair’s Award 2005
National Officials’ Committee Hall of Fame 2008

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