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Evie Dennis

Inducted: 2004, contributor

Born: September 8, 1924


During her four decades of involvement in track and field and the U.S. Olympic Committee, Dr. Evie Dennis has served in many capacities. In 1978, she ran for second vice president of the AAU, running against two men and winning on the first ballot - a rarity in a three-candidate race. She was the chair of women's track & field for the AAU in 1979, and she became overall, acting chair of track & field when men's chair LeRoy Walker resigned. In June 1980, in Dallas, she convened the constitutional convention for what was to become The Athletics Congress (later USA Track & Field), and served as TAC's acting president. She was the first female chef de mission (team leader) for the USOC, twice fulfilling the role for the Pan American Games, in Caracas, Venezuela, and Havana, Cuba. She was chef de mission for the U.S. delegation at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, and she has been involved in U.S. team processing for every Olympic Team since 1976. Dr. Dennis has continued her involvement in USATF's women's track and field committee, and serves as one of USATF's delegates to the IAAF. She also is the chair of USATF's Diversity and Leadership Committee.

Occupations
Former deputy superintendent and superintendent of Denver Public Schools

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