JEMAIL: Abate, Bob (MC1981) shares about Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]

2017-Oct-26

John,

This is my remembrance from The Vietnam Wall Memorial for Tyrone Pannell.

Bob

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Abate, Bob (MC1981) 

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http://www.thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?curpage=3&recid=39333

Robert Abate
Admirer and Fellow-Alumnus

Tyrone S. Pannell – A Remarkable Young Man

I knew of Tyrone Pannell – the athlete. We were the same age, in the same city, competing in track and field but the similarity ended there. He was one of New York City¦s finest and most versatile athletes ever and its premiere track and field star of the late 1950’s and early 60’s.

In the Spring of 1997, I proposed his long overdue induction into the Manhattan College Sports Hall of Fame. It was only then, researching his accomplishments and meeting former classmates and teammates, that I learned about Tyrone Pannell – the person, and the outstanding human being that he was.

I never had the privilege of meeting him but I had the pleasure of meeting his wife and daughter at his posthumous induction ceremony. I was stunned to learn from his daughter, Tracy, that he and I had been pretty close for many years. In 1985 I had bought a book: “Dear America – Letters Home From Vietnam.” Unbeknownst to me, one of the letters was from twenty-three year old Marine Lieutenant Tyrone Pannell to his infant daughter:

August 11, 1965

Dear Tracy,

The things I want to say to you can never be fully expressed in words. I want so very much to say the things that will make you understand how very much I love you. Before you were born I, like most men, wanted a son. But when I saw you for the first time just a few minutes old, I knew I could never love a son the way I loved you. For a son grows and becomes a man while a daughter is always a child to be loved and cared for. More than anything I want you to know me and love me. The next time I see you, you will be a little lady, walking and talking. Learn how to say “Daddy. I love you with all my heart.”

Love, Daddy

Most fittingly, his nomination was approved on the eve of Father’s Day. From time-to-time, I jog at Manhattan College and when I do, I look up at Tyrone Pannell’s Hall of Fame banner and sense his presence and a bond of brotherhood.

Saturday, November 03, 2001

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Abate, Bob (MC1981)

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http://www.gojaspers.com/news/2006/10/24/657865.aspx

Tyrone Pannell ’64 (Men’s Track & Field)

Won the 60-yard high hurdles at the IC4A Championships and the high jump at the indoor Met’s in 1962. Won the 60-yard high hurdles, the long jump and the high jump at the indoor Met’s, and the high jump at the outdoor Met’s in 1963. High jump champion at the 1964 indoor Met’s and in the 120-yard high hurdles at the outdoor Met’s. Senior co-captain. Entered the Marine Corps after college and lost his life in active duty in Vietnam.

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Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]

 

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One response to “JEMAIL: Abate, Bob (MC1981) shares about Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]

  1. I ran track at the Prep when Ty was at the College. I saw him win the IC4A hurdles at MSG in a tremendous diving finish and then run up to Coach Eastman who was in the stands and hug him. Eastman was crippled by a back problem and the scene was touching. Ty had a car and gave me a lift to practice once which was a real thrill. He was a class act and his death was a shock.

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