The term "Legend" is much overused, but it certainly applied to Coach Peckham. From Themat.com (which I received second hand - I don't go there):
USA Wrestling received word today that Jim Peckham, 81, an Olympic athlete and coach and long-time leader in the sport, passed away last evening in Braintree, Mass.
Peckham had been ill with complications from Alzheimer's Disease and was being treated in an assisted living facility in recent months.
He was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000 for his achievements and service to the sport.
Peckham competed in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia in Greco-Roman. He was a nationally ranked in both freestyle and Greco-Roman during his competitive career.
He became one of the nation?s top international coaches, serving as head coach for the 1976 Olympic Greco-Roman team and assistant coach for the 1972 Olympic freestyle team. He also coached on numerous U.S. teams at the World Championships, Pan American Games, World Cup other and international tours.
Peckham was also a successful college wrestling coach, guiding Harvard University for a decade, as well as coaching at Emerson College, where he also served as athletic director.
He was a legend in New England, a mentor to numerous athletes and coaches from across the region. Peckham coached many international wrestlers at the Boston YMCU. Among his athletes was Kenny Mallory of Boston, who did not wrestle in a high school program, but learned the sport from Peckham and others at the YMCU and went on to win a NCAA Div. I title for Montclair State.
During his career, he helped mentor numerous World and Olympic medalists for the United States, one of the pioneers who build the United States into a World power in our sport.
Peckham was a respected wrestling clinician, and ran a successful wrestling camp at his home, which was known for its intensity.
The Peckham family has announced arrangements for Jim Peckham. There will be a showing on Friday, August 26 at the McDonald Funeral Home at 40 Sea Street in North Weymouth, Mass, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held for Jim Peckham at the McDonald Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.
The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to:
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame
405 West Hall of Fame Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74075
Emerson College Athletic Trust Fund
Attn: Diana Chevignard in Institutional Advancement
120 Boylston Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02116
Peckham leaves his wife of 60 years Jean, daughter Diana, son Matthew and many other relatives and dear friends.
Should anyone want to send a remembrance to his wife Jean, the address 69 Harding Ave, Weymouth, MA 02188