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|John Toliver: The Oldest Aggie Athlete Dies at 98
FORT COLLINS- October 18, 2011: (Revised October 28) Colorado
Aggies.com has received confirmation that John Toliver, the oldest alumni
athlete at Colorado State University, passed away on October 3, 2011 at the
age of 98; just 36 days shy of his 99th birthday.
Toliver was a two-sport athlete at CSU from 1930 to 1934 winning seven
letters in football and track. He was the last surviving member of the teams
that won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Championships in 1933 and he is
also the last former CSU athlete to compete at the school when it was
known as Colorado Agricultural College.
A native of Fort Collins, Toliver was a sprint and middle distance runner on
the track teams during all four years he attended CAC. He competed with
some of the finest track athletes in school history including Chester
Cruikshank, Forest "Frosty" Harvey, Wilbur "Red" White and the legendary
Glenn Morris. Toliver was in the same class as Morris and ran with him as
a sprinter all four years.
In the spring of 1933, the CAC track team won their first conference
championship in five years with Toliver as a member of the team. In the
fall of that year as a senior, Toliver played his third season on the Aggies
football team as a reserve halfback filling in for Wilbur "Little Red" White as
his backup .He won the 1934 Nye Award as the most outstanding senior
The 1933 CAC football team tied for the co-championship that season,
bringing Coach Harry Hughes' total of conference football championships
to seven. Although Toliver was not a starter on the team, he did play on the
varsity as a solid backup in the 1931 and 1932 seasons along with the
championship season of 1933.
A strong supporter of CSU athletics, Toliver was one of the original donors
to help build the Hughes Room at Hughes Stadium and could be seen at
games well into his 90s cheering on the Rams. Toliver saw every CSU head
football coach in action from Harry Hughes to Sonny Lubick, a marvel of
CSU football history. He also was an honor alumnus, winner of the Henry
Award and revered leader of the Fort Collins business community.
|Oliver "Ollie" Woods wore #12 with the
Colorado A&M Aggies during the three
seasons he lettered in football.
(1946, 1947 and 1948)
|John Toliver - 1933: Toliver was the last member of
the 1933 football championship team and played
halfback for the Aggies. He was the oldest Aggie
athlete until his death on October 3, 2011.
|John Toliver was also the last surviving member of
the 1933 conference champion track team. He
lettered all four years in track as a sprinter and
middle distance runner.
|A page from the 1933 Colorado College Tigers
game program with John Toliver.
|The 1933 Championship track team with John Toliver on bottom
row far right. He ran with Glenn Morris (top row, second from left)
three years before Morris won the gold in the olympics.