Honoring a beloved coach

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November 16, 2007

12:41 PM

A memorial service for Pete Conomikes, club fencing coach, was held at 11:30 a.m. today in the University Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

p. Conomikes died in a car accident Saturday afternoon on the way to a fencing tournament in Pennsylvania.

p. Two of the three fencing team members that were injured in the same crash are still hospitalized in the VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

p. Conomikes was 86; he had coached with the College since 1972.

p. “He was a remarkable man – training athletes here and enlarging their lives for over three decades. We ask that you join his family, his athletes, his friends, and his colleagues to say goodbye to one of the most beloved and most inspiring members of our community,” College President Gene Nichol said in an e-mail to students Tuesday.

p. A reception in Tidewater will follow the service.

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