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Lafayette Mourns Loss of Olav Kollevoll

Olav Kollevoll
Olav Kollevoll

Sept. 15, 2010

EASTON, Pa. - Former Lafayette College director of athletics and Maroon Club Hall of Famer Olav Bernt "Ole" Kollevoll passed away on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the age of 87.

A 1992 inductee into the Maroon Club Hall of Fame, Kollevoll served as director of athletics at Lafayette from 1965 until his retirement in 1989. Upon retirement, he relocated from Easton to Sarasota, Fla.

Kollevoll was a three-sport athlete at Colgate University, captaining the baseball, football and ice hockey squads. The Raiders' hockey team posted its first unbeaten season in 1942 with Kollevoll on the ice. After graduating in 1945 with a degree in mathematics, Kollevoll served in World War II as a lieutenant in the United States Navy.

After his service, Kollevoll began a professional baseball career. He rose as far as the Triple-A level in the Boston (now Atlanta) Braves organization before retiring from the sport due to injury. He also participated in the 1947 World Hockey Championships as a member of the U.S. National Team.

Prior to his tenure on College Hill, Kollevoll coached baseball and ice hockey at St. Lawrence University, earning several trips to the NCAA Frozen Four. He then returned to his alma mater, guiding the Colgate ice hockey team to numerous ECAC Hockey Championship Tournaments while also serving as freshman football coach and an assistant athletic director.

In 1965, Kollevoll left coaching to assume the duties of director of athletics at Lafayette. During his 25-year career with the Leopards, he served as president of both the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the East Coast Conference and chaired numerous ECAC and NCAA committees.

In addition to being enshrined in the Maroon Club Hall of Fame, Kollevoll received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the ECAC in 1991 and was inducted into the Colgate Hall of Honor in 1995.

Kollevoll is survived by his wife, Carol, his three sons, step-daughter, four step-sons and 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, if desired, to The Pines of Sarasota Foundation, c/o Jane Lautner, 1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236; Colgate University, c/o Tanya Day, Gift Records Department, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346; Lafayette College, c/o Kristen Quirk, Development Office, 307 Markle Hall, Easton, PA 18042.

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