Marjorie ‘Marge’ Larsen
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Marjorie S. “Marge” Larsen, a Tracy High School graduate who was a pioneer in women’s sports, died Jan. 9 in Stockton. She was 97.

A native of Reedley, she was born July 12, 1916, and moved to Tracy in 1925 with her parents, William and Elizabeth Larsen. Her father was manager of the American Bank branch office here and later was an insurance agent. He served as Tracy’s mayor in the late 1940s. Larsen Park is named for him.

Miss Larsen participated in a number of sports at Tracy High School with the Girls Athletic Association before graduating in 1934.

At University of California, Berkeley, she was active in sports for four years, including field hockey, softball and basketball. On the basketball court, she was a dead-eye left-handed forward who made 87 percent of her shots in a Mills College game.

During the summer of 1935, she helped organize one of the first women’s softball teams in Tracy. She formed the first women’s basketball team in Tracy in 1939.

In 1940, she began her teaching career at Orestimba High School in Newman and in 1946 began teaching physical education at Edison High School in Stockton.

At Edison, she developed a new game, “Speed-A-Way,” that combined action elements of running, kicking and throwing. She became dean of girls and vice principal at Edison before retiring in 1972.

In addition to teaching and coaching at Edison, she coached women’s city league basketball teams in Stockton and organized the Stockton Women’s Track Club.

After retiring from education, Miss Larsen operated a beauty salon in Stockton until 1999.

She was an avid supporter of women’s athletics at the University of the Pacific, where she organized groups to back the UOP women’s teams.

Miss Larsen was inducted into the Tracy, Stockton and University of the Pacific sports halls of fame and received the Distinguished Service Award of the California Association of Health and Education.

Over the years, she organized a number of reunions of the Tracy High Class of 1934.

At her request, no memorial service will be held. Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 W. Highland Ave., is handling arrangements.

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