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Rondell “Ron” Lennox

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Rondell “Ron” Lennox

Rondell “Ron” Lennox spent his entire life dedicated to creating and promoting physical education activities in the South Glens Falls community. Ron was born and raised in Pottsville, Pennsylvania until his family relocated to Staten Island for his junior year. It was in Staten Island that he would meet his future wife, Elizabeth Massa, whom he married in 1952. In 1947 at Curtus High School, he was the New York City high jump champion. His athletic accomplishments earned him a scholarship at New York University. He instead elected to serve his country and entered the U.S. Navy. When World War II ended, he entered New York University. In 1950, he was Metropolitan Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vaulting Champion while setting a new Pole Vault record at NYU. Ron completed his education in 1954 graduating from NYU with his Bachelor’s in physical education and Master’s degree in safety.

Ron moved to upstate New York in 1954 and began his teaching career at South Glens Falls. In addition to teaching, he coached many varsity sports. His basketball team became the first South Glens Falls team to win the new “Northern Conference.” Ron’s basketball teams began an outstanding run in 1967 when his teams won three consecutive titles ending in 1969. Ron also had a passion for golf and track. This led him to become the varsity golf and track coach for many years at South High. He added team titles in golf and track to ones his teams had won in basketball. He also coached cross-country for many years.

Deeply involved in youth sports, Ron was appointed Recreation Director for the Town of Moreau in 1958 and retired from that position 25 years later. During that time he served as one of founding fathers of the town’s new recreation park in the early 1970’s, and was instrumental in its development. His early vision for the park has resulted in the park complex being one of the best recreation areas in upstate New York.

Ron had two children with Bette: William “Bill” K. Lennox, who was born in 1958, and Elizabeth “Liz” Mark, born one year later. Both children were raised in Fortsville at Ron and Bette country home and attended South High as did two grandchildren. Their home included a nine-hole golf course that Ron took great pride in caring for. His love for aviation led to him becoming the charter president of the Glens Falls Experimental Aircraft Association. Mr. Lennox was also a charter member of the Glens Falls Pilot and Owner’s Association, and developed his own landing strip on his property in Fortsville which is still in use today.

Coach Lennox demanded his student-athletes play hard while exhibiting the highest level of sportsmanship. He stood for respect, fairness, perseverance, dedication, and led more by example than the spoken word. He emphasized the development of character in his students and in the young coaches in which he mentored. One of his philosophies was: “Don’t boast about your victories or alibi your defeats.”

Mr. Lennox passed away in 2001. He will always be remembered as a mentor, gentleman, and family man.