Bob Chambers, a former USC middle distance runner who competed in the 1948 Olympics, died Nov. 6 in San Pedro. He was 83.
Chambers was a four-year USC letterman (1947-50) and captain of the 1950 Trojan squad. USC won the NCAA team championship in 1949 and 1950 after finishing second the previous two years.
He placed third in the 880-yard run at the 1948 NCAA Championship. As a member of that year’s U.S. Olympic team, he was sixth in the 800-meter run.
While at Los Gatos (Calif.) High, Chambers ran the then-second fastest high school 880 time.
After his running days, he was the track coach at Los Angeles Pierce Junior College. From 1954 to 1988, he was a Los Angeles County lifeguard.
The USC track and field program presented the athlete with a Heritage Award in 1995.
Chambers is survived by his wife Gail and children David, Marc, Gail and Lyn.