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Dr. Lawrence Atkinson, thoroughbred vet and power lifter at 75, dies

Dr. Lawrence Atkinson, thoroughbred vet and power lifter at 75, dies

Dr. Lawrence Edwin Atkinson, a longtime horse and hound veterinarian from Monkton who snubbed old age and began competitive weightlifting at 75, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at an assisted-living facility in Harford County.

He was 90 years old.

Dr. Atkinson earned medals from senior Olympics and trophies from weightlifting competitions around the region.

"It was amazing. He would be the only one in his age group, so therefore he would win all the competitions," said Mike Ochranek, his trainer for seven years. "He had trophies on top of trophies. I have even have some here. He had so many of them, he couldn't keep them at...

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