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UND's 1936-37 track team. Glasscock is sixth from the left. 1936 Olympic bronze medalist Fritz Pollard, Jr., is seventh from the right.
Track alumnus T.C. Glasscock still involved at 94
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Updated: Monday 03/04/2013 13:41:05 (ET)
by Emily Aasand, UND Media Relations
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One of the University of North Dakota's oldest athletic alumni is still actively involved in UND Athletics at the age of 94.

Thomas (T.C.) Glasscock, a native of Finley, N.D., moved to Iowa, when his father relocated his family practice, and became active in track during high school.

"I moved back to North Dakota so I could run track and go to medical school at UND," Glasscock said.

Glasscock was a half-mile runner for UND's 1936-37 track team and, as could be imagined, there were significant differences in how the program was run then versus now.

"We didn't have a track coach," Glasscock said. "The basketball coach served as our track coach. We trained on our own and all of our training was done on a wooden track. UND had a winter sports arena that housed hockey and they were able to remove the ice to create our indoor track field."

The track team consisted of 16 members; among those was Fritz Pollard, Jr. Pollard went on to become an Olympic medalist in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

After two years with UND Athletics, Glasscock had to quit track due to the rigorous course load brought on by medical school.  Out of the 16 members of the men's track team, five of those men went on to medical school.

"There was never a varsity athlete in medical school," Glasscock said. "It was known that anyone going into medicine only focused on medical school. The dean of the medical school wanted it that way. He wanted us to focus on our studies."

Glasscock attended UND's medical school for two years, then transferred to the University of Chicago to do his clinical work. He received his Medical Doctor degree in 1942 and joined the Navy and completed his internship at the Pensacola (Fla.) Naval Hospital.

He later went on to serve as a Navy medical officer for PT boat during the Normandy invasion of World War II.

"While serving on the PT boat, I ran into Gordon (Gordy) Caldis, a retired lawyer in Grand Forks," Glasscock said. "We went to UND at the same time but I had no idea that he went into the Navy. It's a small world."

After spending four years in the Navy, Glasscock moved to Oklahoma where he worked in the Niemann-Northcutt clinic practicing internal medicine for five years. He then opened his own clinic, where he worked at until he retired at age 83.

Glasscock made a trip back to UND in 2000 for homecoming.

"It's incredible to see how the place has changed," Glasscock said.

Glasscock still follows UND Athletics and is a proud donor to both the athletics department and to the UND Medical school.

Glasscock is enjoying his retirement in Ponca City, Okla., with his wife Jean.  He and his wife have enjoyed being members of the Ponca City Country Club and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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