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2014-03-05 / Obituaries

James M. Lingel, member of Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame


Lingel Lingel James M. Lingel, 82, formerly of Kenmore, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Mr. Lingel was born in Buffalo Nov. 22, 1931, and raised in Kenmore by his parents, Laura and Donald.

A 1953 graduate of Cornell University, he was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 for an indoor track world record for the 300, which he set in 1953. The record stood for 17 years.

Following his service in the U.S. Army, he went to work for IBM. In 1959, he transferred to the Oakland office and in later years became a financial adviser through his association with Protected Investors of America.

His passion for hockey was stirred by his brief career with the California Seals, which led him to become a longtime season ticket holder of the San Jose Sharks.

In retirement he enjoyed his ranch in Clayton, Calif., and horseback riding on Mount Diablo. His passion for history led him to travel extensively throughout Europe.

Mr. Lingel is survived by one daughter, Nancy Robertson; two sons, Craig and Tom; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Helene Lou Bly and Elizabeth Ann Kasting.

No formal services will be held. Memorials may be made to Save- MountDiablo.org.

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