Howard Schmertz, Millrose Games director, dies at 88

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NEW YORK — Howard Schmertz, a lawyer who for 29 years presided over the Millrose Games in New York, long one of the world’s most prestigious indoor track and field meets, died Thursday in Port Washington, N.Y. He was 88.

The cause was complications of congestive heart failure, his wife, Judy, said.

Mr. Schmertz, a Bronx native who lived on Long Island, was a link to the very birth of the meet, in 1908. His father, Fred, had been a founder, and Howard, who began attending the event at 7, succeeded him as the meet’s director in 1975.

In 2012, father and son were inducted simultaneously into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in Manhattan.

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