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Former Bates Track Coach Dies at 79

September 8, 1999

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Former track and cross-country coach Walter Slovenski, who led Bates College teams to 726 victories during his 43 years at the school, died Wednesday at age 79.

Slovenski died at Central Maine Medical Center after a long battle with cancer.

Slovenski’s teams won more than 20 state championships and four New England regional championships.

Slovenski is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons Peter Slovenski of Brunswick, Maine, Paul Slovenski of Cambridge, Mass., and Steven Slovenski of Lee, N.H.; daughters Patty Slovenski Gannon of Framingham, Mass., Sally Slovenski of Watertown, Mass., and Sue Slovenski Pucko of Webster, N.Y.; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service will be held at Bates College on Sept. 24.

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