1950 USC T&F Co-Captain Aihara Dies|
Sept. 26, 2014
Former USC 1950 track and field co-captain Henry "Hank" Aihara passed away at the age of 88 at his home in Garden Grove, Calif. on Sept. 14.
Aihara was a long jumper on USC's 1949 and 1950 NCAA champion teams, serving as co-captain with Bob Chambers on the 1950 team. He finished second in the long jump at the 1950 NCAA Championships, after taking third in the nation in 1949.
He began his collegiate career at Illinois and won the 1945 NCAA title in the long jump as a freshman. He then served in the U.S. Army before transfering to complete his collegiate career at USC.
Aihara also placed third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump at the 1949 USA Track & Field Championships. He finished fourth in both at the 1945 USA Track & Field Championships.
In his later years Hank was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling throughout the country and around the world playing the sport he loved. Ever the athlete, he loved following sports of all kinds, most particularly involving his USC Trojans. Henry was preceded in death by his brothers Sam and Luis, and his first wife Karie. He is survived by Ann, his wife of 32 years and his sister Daisy. He is also survived by Lynn and Brian, his children with Karie, and granddaughter Heather. Private gravesite service will be held at Westminster Memorial Park on October 1, 2014. The family requests no flowers or koden.