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Dave Lendt cover letter to Stan Yates, accompanying Cora Mae Trice Greene letter to Dave Lendt, August 16, 1988

Dave Lendt cover letter to Stan Yates, accompanying Cora Mae Trice Greene letter to Dave Lendt, August 16, 1988


Dave Lendt cover letter to Stan Yates, accompanying Cora Mae Trice Greene letter to Dave Lendt, August 16, 1988


Letter from David (Dave) Lendt to Stan Yates accompanying a letter received from Cora Mae Trice Green, the widow of Jack Trice, who had remarried. Mrs. Trice Greene's daughter, Betty Armstrong, visited campus with her husband, Herbert, in 1988 to view the Jack Trice memorial statue and campus, and the couple had shared photographs from their visit with Mrs. Trice Greene.
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DATE: August 16, 1988
TO: Stan Yates
FROM: Dave Lendt
RE: Letter from Mrs. Greene
Enclosed please find what I believe is a remarkable letter to be added
to the Jack Trice archives.
Several months ago, President Eaton's office received a letter from a
Mrs. Betty Armstrong of Youngstown, Ohio, referring to an article
about Jack Trice that had appeared in Jet magazine. Mrs. Armstrong
revealed that the widow of Jack Trice had remarried and that she is
the mother of Mrs. Armstrong.
At the President's request, we responded to the inquiry with various
printed materials and correspondence. We also invited the Armstrongs,
who were planning to drive to San Francisco for a professional
meeting, to stop in Ames, visit the campus and see the Jack Trice
Betty and Herbert Armstrong did just that. We showed them the statue
and introduced them to Carver Hall and the Carver-Wallace legacy. They
shot a lot of photos and videotape which they planned to take to
Betty's mother, who resides in Pomona, CA.
I have been out of town for about three weeks. On my return, I found
this very touching letter from Cora Mae Trice Greene, which had been
delivered during my absence. I've written to ask her permission to
have it placed in your archives.


Lendt, David.


RS 21/07/023


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Jack Trice Papers, 1923-[ongoing],


1 page
correspondence; letters






Johnny (Jack) Trice was born in Hiram, Ohio in 1902. In 1922, Trice became the first African-American student athlete at Iowa State, participating in track and football. He majored in animal husbandry, with the desire to go to the southern U.S. and use his knowledge to help Black farmers. In the summer after his freshman year, Trice married Cora Mae Starland. They both found jobs in order to support themselves through school. On October 6, 1923, Jack Trice played in his first college football game against the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During the second play of the game, he broke his collarbone. He insisted he was all right and returned to the game. In the third quarter, University of Minnesota players forced Trice to the ground and crushed him. On October 8, he died from internal bleeding due to injuries received during the game. In 1973, Jack Trice's legacy was renewed and a promotion began to name Iowa State's new stadium after him. In 1974, the Iowa State University Government of Student Body unanimously voted to endorse this effort. In addition, the Jack Trice Stadium Committee compiled more than 3,000 signatures of supporters. An Iowa State University ad hoc committee voted to advise President Robert Parks to name the stadium "Cyclone Stadium." In 1984, the stadium was named "Cyclone Stadium" and the playing field was named "Jack Trice Field." The Government of Student Body, wanting to do more to honor Trice, raised money to erect a statue of Trice in 1987. Due to the persistence of the students, alumni, faculty and staff, and other supporters, the stadium was finally named Jack Trice Stadium in 1997. Find out more about the Jack Trice papers at
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