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      Subject: <toc>--RIP: Ruth Owens, Widow of Jesse Owens, Dies at 86





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      June 30, 2001


      RUTH OWENS, WIDOW OF JESSE OWENS, DIES AT 86


      CHICAGO, June 29 -- Ruth S. Owens, the widow of the Olympian Jesse Owens
      and the longtime chairwoman of the foundation honoring his legacy, died
      Wednesday. She was 86.

      She died of heart failure at her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. She
      and Jesse Owens, who died in 1980, were married for nearly 48 years.

      Jesse Owens jumped and ran his way to four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin
      Olympics, defeating Adolf Hitler's claims of Aryan racial superiority.
      Because the trip to the Games was too expensive, Ruth Owens stayed at
      home with their first child.

      "She protected his legacy and guarded it with all of her being," Marlene
      Owens Rankin said of her mother. "It was sort of the embodiment of him
      and how he spent his life. She was at the center of it."

      Ruth Owens was chairwoman and an active fund-raiser for the foundation
      formed 21 years ago to give scholarships to average students active in
      the community.

      She was also an ambassador of the Jesse Owens Games, a summer track and
      field competition that granted scholarships to children across the
      country.

      She is survived by three daughters, Owens Rankin, Gloria Hemphill and
      Beverly Prather; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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