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Olympic Gold Medalist Dies Of Tumor At Age 29

December 14, 1986

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Kim Peyton-McDonald, who won a gold medal in swimming at the 1976 Olympic Games, has died of a brain tumor at the age of 29.

Peyton-McDonald died Saturday at Stanford University Medical Center.

She was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. 400-meter relay team at the Montreal Games and won four events at the 1975 Pan American Games. She won the Bill Hayward Award as Oregon’s top amateur athlete in 1976.

A former Stanford swimmer, Peyton-McDonald first disclosed in 1979 that she had an inoperable, non-cancerous brain tumor.

She had lived in San Francisco since 1976. She and her husband, Drew McDonald, spent the last six weeks in Portland, Ore., where she grew up, before the couple returned to Stanford on Saturday.

Peyton-McDonald died 12 hours after entering the hospital.

McDonald was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. water polo team in the 1984 Olympic Games.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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