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WSU Graduate, Prominent Oregon High School Coach Spiegelberg Dies At 76

Associated Press

A memorial service is scheduled Wednesday for Fred Spiegelberg, one of the most successful high school football coaches in Oregon history.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. in the football stadium that bears his name. Spiegelberg died Friday night in a Medford care center at age 76.

Spiegelberg had a 253-62-10 record in 31 years as head coach at Medford High School. He guided the Black Tornado to three state championships, one co-championship, 17 Southern Oregon Conference titles and five conference co-titles.

He retired after the 1982 season and had been ill with Parkinson’s disease in recent years.

Spiegelberg was born Oct. 4, 1919, near Omak, Wash., and attended Washington State University, where he won the Pacific Coast Conference lightweight boxing titles as a junior and senior. He served in the Army during World War II, then returned to WSU, graduating in 1948. He was inducted into the WSU athletic hall of fame in 1983.

Spiegelberg is survived by his sons, Scott of Corvallis and Barry of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Shawn Marie Retzlaff of Medford; and sister Betty Nyman of Spokane. His wife Margaret died Feb. 2.

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