Larry Peacock, born in 1904, was one of the greatest swimming professionals in Maryland swimming history. Fresh from college at Earlham (with a final degree from Columbia), Larry began a 43 year association with Friends School as teacher, swimming coach and faculty member. Never one for brief commitment, Larry also gave 25 years of service to the American Red Cross including being Head of Water Safety, an avocation begun in the twenties as an instructor at Camp Red Cloud, PA.
A former President of the Maryland Officials Club, Larry was best known to national as well as local collegiate and A.A.U. swimmers in the role of meet referee and official. Finally, for more than 40 years, Larry managed the swimming pool and coached the swim team at the Suburban Club.
As an official, Larry officiated in Fort Lauderdale Swim Forums, NCAA Championships, Maryland Scholastic Championships and countless dual meets of all shapes and sizes. Also as meet official Larry promoted and presided over the first integrated swim meet in the South Atlantic. Held at Suburban Club in 1949, Richie Noel, a teenage black swimmer, competed in the Men’s 100 Freestyle and placed third. As a swimming teacher, he taught into three generations of swimmers at Suburban Club. His most celebrated pupil, Wendy Weinberg, won the bronze medal in the 800-meter Freestyle at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
In l988 Friends School made Larry an Honorary Alumnus, citing “the warmth, care and guidance he’s given to so many over the years and especially for his gift of friendship, which has been treasured long after graduation.” Certainly the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame can only highlight once again a life that stands as a model of dedication and, therefore, we celebrate the service and accomplishments of Larry Peaocck, teacher, official, coach and friend.