Feb. 19, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Former Villanova track & field great Cummin Clancy passed away last Friday. A memorial service is being held on Tuesday evening in his hometown of Garden City, N.Y.
Clancy was one of three original members of the "Irish Pipeline" of track athletes who have competed for the Wildcats. Clancy, John Joe Barry and Jimmy Reardon each competed at the 1948 Olympics and soon after came to Villanova. Clancy competed in both the discus and the shot put in London, beginning the Wildcats still ongoing streak of having at least one representative in every Summer Olympiad.
During his collegiate career Clancy was the IC4A outdoor champion in the discus in 1951. His career best distance in the discus of 49.35 meters remains the fourth-highest mark in Wildcats history. Following his graduation from Villanova, Clancy worked for General Motors and later founded an insurance brokerage company.