(Link to previous 2003-2013 news here - Washington Huskies Rowing - News)
November 20, 2013: It is with sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Steward and Hall of Fame member Carl Lovsted ’52. Carl began his career at Washington in the fall of 1948 and was an IRA champion in 1949 (F8) and 1950 (V8), before crowning his accomplishments with an Olympic bronze with teammates Fil Leanderson, Al Ulbrickson Jr., Al Rossi, and Dick Wahlstrom at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. An active Rowing Steward for decades, he was inducted into the Washington Hall of Fame with his 1952 teammates in 1998.
Carl’s impact on the Washington Rowing program is immeasurable. His generosity, from the scholarship endowments he created to “chief coffee maker” at the Steward’s Enclosure, was boundless. He will, however, be remembered by most for his strength of character, and as the embodiment of what it meant to be a Steward of the program. "I got so much out of the experience that helped me in my life that I've always thought that I was simply acting on my responsibility. I still do,” said Carl in a 2008 interview.
Carl Lovsted was a friend of Washington Rowing, and in so doing became a friend and mentor to many, many people associated with it, across multiple generations. As is the case with exceptional people, his loss will not only be felt personally by the many he touched in his life, but by the entirety of our program. To his family, teammates, and friends, we offer our condolences.
A celebration of life will be held at Conibear Shellhouse on Saturday, December 14th, from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. In the meantime, read about Carl and his rowing achievements here (with many photos from his collection) - Washington Rowing History - 1950's. In addition, the 2008 SWEEP article nominating him as one of the most influential people in the history of Washington Rowing, is here - First Family - A Husky Profile.
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