Middlebury Hero Pete Kohn Passes Away

Two hours ago Jon Cormier, Asst. Diretor for Alumni Relations, tweeted:  “Sad news: Middlebury icon and field manager Pete Kohn passed away 20 minutes ago. His kindness and love of other people was inspirational.”

Pete Kohn is the Middlebury College icon for which Kohn Field is named. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004. US Lacrosse had this to say about him:

Peter Kohn is one of the most beloved and unique figures in the lacrosse world. For 50 years Kohn has been connected to the sport. A recent subject of a documentary chronicling his life, Kohn started as a field manager for the Park School in Baltimore in 1954. He was manager of the US teams from 1978 to 1998, for the North-South All-Star game for over 25 years, for club teams in the United States Club Lacrosse Association for over 20 years, for Middlebury College from 1981 to 2003 and numerous other lacrosse events over the years. The lacrosse field at Middlebury was named in his honor and he was previously inducted into the US Lacrosse New England Hall of Fame.

Kohn was believed to be autistic. He was the foundation for the Middlebury lacrosse teams. Further, he is embraced as one of the true examples of spirit and kindness in the Middlebury community.

It is with sadness that MiddBlog shares this news. Please leave your thoughts and memories in the comments. As the story unfolds today, check back here for further coverage and updates.

Brian Fung and staff of The Middlebury Campus contributed to this post. Photo courtesy Middlebury College.

Update 1:15PM: The documentary on Kohn.
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Update 3:40PM: The Middlebury Campus released a Breaking News email to its readers with their full article. Read it here. It includes quotes from women’s lacrosse tri-captain Blair Bowie ’09 and Jeff Begin ’10 but does not include statements or confirmations from the College.

Update 6PM: The College has released its statement, borrowing quotes from The Campus. They say Kohn died because he was “unable to recover from a heart attack he suffered on a fishing trip near his home in Cape May, N.J., on Aug. 1.”

Update 10PM: InsideLacrosse.com has its story on Kohn. Laxmagazine.com.

Update 8/6: The College finally credits The Campus for the reusing quotes in their statement. A commenter on The Campus article posts a link to several hundred photos collected of Kohn and the Lacrosse teams. The photo below from the collection, features Kohn at the dedication of Kohn field. He is pictured second from the left.

Update 8/6 #2: Laxfunews.com tribute piece. Laxpower.com also has a piece.

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