Former USC Distance Runner Garcia Passes Away|
Feb. 12, 2015
Art Garcia, co-captain of the 1952 USC national champion track and field team, passed away at the age of 84 on Feb. 2, 2015 in Culver City, Calif. Services are being held today at the Bobbitt Memorial Chapel in San Bernardino, Calf.
Garcia was a distance runner who specialized in the mile and two-mile races, winning the Pacific Coast Conference Championship in the mile with a time of 4:12.5 in 1952.
Garcia was also the captain of the 1951 USC cross country team which won the school's first-ever conference title. Garcia went undefeated that season, winning the PCC and the Southern Pacific AAU cross country titles.
Garcia was known for his leadership, work ethic and tremendous competitive spirit. He went on to become a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a successful business man who served on numerous boards. Garcia also served as vice-president of the Trojan Force and volunteered at USC home track and field meets.