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Jimmy Herbert Dies at 82

October 24, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jimmy Herbert, former world indoor record-holder at 600 meters and 600 yards, died Thursday night at Montefiore Hospital of kidney failure. He was 82.

Herbert had been hospitalized Oct. 7 for surgery on a cancerous liver tumor.

Herbert broke the world record for 600 yards in 1938, clocking 1 minute, 11.1 seconds at the Knights of Columbus meet in Madison Square Garden. He matched that time two weeks later at the Chicago Relays and broke it again in 1940, clocking 1:10.8 at the K of C meet.

He cracked the 600-meter record at the 1938 national championships, with a time of 1:20.3.

Herbert also won five Mel Sheppard 600-yard races at the Millrose Games in the Garden, matching the record held by Alan Helfrich.

In addition, Herbert ran on eight national indoor relay championship teams at different distances from 1935 to 1940, was runner-up in the outdoor 400-meter national championships in 1938 and 1945, fifth at the outdoor 440-yard NCAA championships for New York University in 1938 and anchored a winning relay team for NYU at the 1940 Penn Relays.

From 1956-75, he was a court officer for the criminal division of the New York State Supreme Court.

Herbert is survived by his wife Mary.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at Trinity St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Rochelle, N.Y.

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