Bob Redington, 73, passed away early May 23, 2018, at home. Born in Ohio in 1944, his family moved to Florida where they had a group of small motels on the beach just south of Las Olas. He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High in 1962 and attended the University of Tennessee (1962 – 1966) on a full athletic scholarship where he would become one of Tennessee's greaestt all-time distance runners, attaining All-American status in 1965. Bob went on to develop a successful career in the medical industry. Bob is preceded by his parents, Bob and Lois and his brother John, and is survived by his wife Paula, his brothers Jim and David, children: Michael, Bryan, Melanie and Matthew; grandchildren: Regan, Taylor, Ryan, Ephraim, Luella, Ezra and Lydia. Bob will be forever remembered by those that knew and loved him. He will be sorely missed.
Services will be held on Saturday June 9, 2018, 3PM at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.
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Bob Redington, who won three SEC titles in the mile for UT Vols, dies at 73
Tom Mattingly, For Knoxville News-Sentinel. Published 8:54 p.m. ET May 30, 2018.
Redington lettered from 1962-66 in track and cross-country under coach Chuck Rohe. During his time at Tennessee, he won three consecutive SEC titles in the mile run, setting back-to-back school; records in 1966 in the mile run (4 minutes, 05.0 seconds) and lowering the mark a week later in the SEC vs. ACC meet, running 4:01 .9. “Bob was in Chuck Rohe’s first recruiting class arriving at UT in the fall of 1962,” said teammate Bob Barber.”Bob was a team leader and was liked by every teammate. He, teammate Mike Tomasello, and I had an enjoyable trip to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in 2016.” Redington also won the indoor 1,000 yard run in 1964 and 1965. In 1966, he became the first UT runner to break the 9-minute mark in the two mile run, winning the SEC indoor and outdoor titles. The Vols won the 1964 National USTFF Cross Country Meet in Chicago and finished third in the 1965 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kan. He was captain of the 1965 Tennessee cross-country team and won the Ed Murphey Award in 1966 for the most noteworthy performance from the previous year’s track and field season.
“Can’t say enough good things about Bob,” said teammate Coppley Vickers. “He was tops as an athlete and as a person. We butted heads in the mile run. He was super-competitive but was also a great guy to work out with.”