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MATHIAS, Robert Bruce (Bob), a Representative from California; born in Tulare, Tulare County,
Calif., November 17, 1930; attended Tulare High School, Tulare, Calif.;
graduated from Kiski Preparatory School, Saltsburg, Pa., 1949; B.A., Stanford
University, Stanford, Calif., 1953; United States Marine Corps, 1954-1956;
United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1956-1965; member of the United States
Olympic Team in 1948 and 1952; staff, Department of State for international
promotion of American youth programs, 1955; served, at the request of the
Department of State, as goodwill ambassador, promoter, and participator in
educational youth programs; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and to the
three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful
candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; Deputy Director
of Selective Service, 1975; worked with President Gerald R. Fords campaign
committee, 1975; director, United States Olympic Training Center, 1977-1983;
president, Bob Mathias, Inc.; died on September 2, 2006, in Fresno, Calif;
interment in Tulare District Cemetery, Tulare, Calif.
BibliographyMathias, Bob., with Robert Mendes.
A Twentieth Century Odyssey: The Bob Mathias Story. Champaign,
IL: Sports Publishing, LLC, 2001.