WORCESTER – The WPI rowing programs, as well as the entire athletic department, mourn the loss of James Albert Raslavsky '68 who passed away August 23.
The 2000 Frank C. Harrington Award recipient is considered to have been instrumental in the founding of WPI Crew Club and Friends of WPI Rowing, as well as the program at St. John's in Shrewsbury. WPI Crew ultimately became a varsity sport in 1999, building on the rowing legacy of the club program.
Jim continued to be a key supporter and friend of the varsity team during the past two decades, bringing a wealth of perspective to athletes and coaches both as a boat-builder at Quantum and Resolute Racing and life-long competitor in the sport.
"Jim was a mentor and friend to the entire WPI Rowing community and will be missed," said head women's rowing coach Jason Steele. "The varsity team looks forward to maintaining the standards of excellence that he imbedded in the program's founding."
As a senior, the varsity eight won the 1968 Rusty Callow Regatta, the precursor to the New England Rowing Championships. He was also a cross country captain and a letterman in track & field.
"Jim loved rowing and especially WPI Rowing," said head men's rowing coach Larry Noble. "We will miss him."
A memorial service will be in the fall when a boat donated to Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be dedicated in his name