John W. Voight Jr., athlete and coach


John Wesley Voight Jr., a Baltimore native and retired football coach and athletic director in Prince George's County, died Wednesday at the Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia of complications from a stroke.

He was 66 and had lived on South Savage Street in Baltimore for about the last eight months. Before then, he lived in Greenbelt and, earlier, in Silver Spring for many years.

Mr. Voight was a member of All-American track teams at Patterson Park High School and Oklahoma State University.

In 1990, he retired from High Point High School in Beltsville, where he had been athletic director, a physical education teacher and football coach whose teams won five county championships. He had also been an assistant track coach and coached golf and tennis teams.

He started his coaching career in Prince George's in the mid-1950s, moving to High Point after short stays at Oxon Hill High School and John Hanson Junior High School.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated in 1946 from Patterson Park, where he won letters in football, baseball, basketball and track.

In 1946, he was named to an All-Eastern track team and to the Look magazine All-American track team. Four years later, he was named an All-American in track at Oklahoma State, at that time the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College.

In 1947, he won the Amateur Athletic Union national pentathlon championship and in 1951 its national all-around championship, which involved 10 different track and field events.

In 1951, he ran 400- and 1,600-meter relay races for the United States team in the Pan American Games.

He was ranked among the top 10 quarter-milers and long jumpers in the U.S. and in the world and was a member of teams that competed in South Africa, Portugal, New Zealand and Chile in the early 1950s.

He also competed for the Baltimore Olympic Track and Field Club, and held its record of 1 minute, 11.5 seconds for the 600-yard run. The club disbanded shortly after naming him to its Hall of Fame in 1975.

He was named to the Oklahoma State University Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1982 and to the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.

He entered the Army in 1952 before beginning his teaching and coaching career.

Services for Mr. Voight were to be conducted at 9:30 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by an aunt, Catherine Foreman of Bel Air.

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