IU Mourns the Loss of Two-Time NCAA Champion Campbell Kane
Nov. 15, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Campbell G. Kane, a two-time NCAA champion for the Hoosiers, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Four Seasons Retirement Center in Columbus, Ind. He was 88 years old.
Kane, who graduated from IU in 1942, recorded career-best times of 1:51 and 4:11 in the 880-yard and mile runs, respectively. He never finished below second in the 880y race at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in his three years as a Hoosier. He was the 1940 and 1941 NCAA champion and claimed individual Big Ten championships in both the indoor 880y and mile run, in 1940, 1941, and 1942. He was also the outdoor conference champion in both events in 1941 and 1942.
The three-time All-American was also a member of Indiana's 1940 NCAA cross country championship team.
Kane was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 1985. He was an IU Balfour Award winner in 1940, 1941 and 1942 and a Clevenger Award winner in 1975.
Kane was selected to the 1940 United States Olympic team. However, the games were cancelled due to World War II.
Kane, who was also a U.S. Navy veteran, was married to Jane Clifford on Dec. 21, 1943. She passed away on Dec. 18, 1999. They are survived by two daughters, Pat Ericksen of Wilmette, Ill., and Pam Lienhoop of Columbus, Ind., and four grandchildren.
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