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Obituaries

Forrest Morgan, at 90; US bobsledding champion and veteran of two wars

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Forrest ‘‘Dew Drop’’ Morgan, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the US Olympic team, died Saturday at AMC-Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. He was 90.

Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1922, Mr. Morgan attended the bobsled races at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, getting a ride on the shoulders of American gold medalist Billy Fiske, and was hooked.

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After serving as a bombardier in World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Morgan started sliding actively in the 1950s and won the national championship as a brakeman in 1959 with neighbor Tuffy Latour.

Mr. Morgan never made the Winter Olympics as a competitor, though he was in the running for the 1960 team when it was decided there would be no bobsled competition in Squaw Valley.

Mr. Morgan managed the 1976 US team in Innsbruck, coached the sport, and was a member of the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s board of directors for a decade.

Mr. Morgan had 11 children, and all seven of his sons competed in bobsled or luge. At the US bobsled tryouts for the 1980 Lake Placid Games, four of his sons tried to qualify in the same sled, with Jim driving and Bryan, Sean, and John behind him.

The Morgan brothers did not qualify, but they did have a spectacular crash that showed all four being thrown out of the sled.

Jim Morgan qualified for the 1981 world championships in Cortina, Italy, driving the number one sled for the United States, but was killed in an accident on his third run.

John Morgan has been a commentator for the American networks at the last eight Winter Olympics.

Forrest Morgan was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in 2002 and was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame the next year. He leaves five sons and four daughters.

‘‘Saranac Lake has lost its greatest icon,’’ said the village’s mayor, Clyde Rabideau. ‘‘No other person was so emblematic of Saranac Lake’s zest for life, friendliness, and loyalty. He was a character in the best sense of the word and he had character, the rock-solid kind that got him through a World War II POW camp and back home to raise a large and robust family and give so much life to Saranac Lake.’’

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