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J. Walter Smith, 86, was USC hurdler

LOS ANGELES -- J. Walter Smith, a standout hurdler at the University of Southern California in the 1940s, has died of pneumonia, the school said.

He was 86.

Mr. Smith, who died May 31, began his career at USC in 1942, and placed sixth at the NCAA championships in the 220-yard low hurdles.

He served in World War II as a paratrooper and returned in 1947, when he was cocaptain of a Trojans team that finished second in the NCAA championships.

Mr. Smith attended Glendale College and Santa Ana Junior College before earning a bachelor's and master's degree from USC.

He returned to Glendale College to teach and coach track.

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