Max Lenover (1918 – 1991)

Sport: Track & Field
Events: Running
Year of Induction: 2004

About

This native of Chatham starred in track and field at both Chatham Collegiate and Chatham Vocational School which led to his competing in the British Empire Games in 1938 and to entering Loyola University in Chicago on an athletic scholarship where he had an outstanding career winning 90 consecutive races in dual competition. Max was born in 1918 and passed away in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991.

Career Highlights
  • 1935 – set Ontario high school records in 440 yard and 880 yard events for boys under 17 years old
  • 1937 – set Dominion Interscholastic Record in 880 yard event at 1:58.7 – set Canadian 880 yard record of 1:53.6 and tied the quarter mile time – while still in high school, qualified for 1938 British Empire Games in the 880 yard event by beating former Canadian Olympian Ab Conway by 6 yards – also qualified for mile relay
  • 1938 – at British Empire Games in Australia, won first two heats but was spiked in the foot and had to retire from the games
  • 1939 – entered Loyola University in Chicago on a track scholarship
  • 1939 – 1942 – starred for Loyola’s track team winning every individual race in dual competition he ever entered, a total of 90 first place medals – repeatedly set records in both the mile run and the 880 while at school – for 4 years was key member of Loyola’s champion mile relay team – in last year at Loyola, made College Who’s Who List which was based on excellence in academics, athletics, and character – in May 1970 was inducted into the Loyola University Athletic Hall of Fame

After graduation, Max joined the Canadian Navy attaining the rank of lieutenant. After the war, he returned to Chicago and took a job as an industrial engineer with Management Systems Incorporated. Later Max became plant manager with Cupples-Hesse an envelope company in St. Louis, which in turn was bought out by St. Regis Paper Company. St. Regis in turn moved Max and his department to Jacksonville, Florida where he retired in 1982.

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