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    South Arch Street at Ohio Street
    Connellsville, PA 15425
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John Woodruff (July 5 1915-October 30 2007)

Brief History
"Long" John Woodruff was a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh in 1936 when he made the U.S. Olympic team. He won the Olympic 800-meter race in 1:52.9. Every 1936 Olympics winner received an oak tree from the Black Forest of Germany. John presented his to the city of Connellsville, and it still stands at the south end of the city football stadium and is more than 60 feet tall. Woodruff graduated in 1939 with a major in sociology and earned a master's degree in the same field from New York University in 1941. He entered military service in 1941 as a Second Lieutenant and was discharged as a Captain in 1945. He reentered military service during the Korean War and left in 1957 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked with the New York City Children"s Aid Society, taught school in New York City, was a special investigator for the New York Department of Welfare, was Recreation Center Director for the New York City Police Athletic League, and served as a parole officer for the state of New York. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.