November 5, 2003 by

Gene Ringsdorf

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J. Eugene Ringsdorf Sr., the former president of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Maryland State Soccer Association, died on Oct. 30 of heart failure. He was 91.
As a young adult, Ringsdorf spent two decades playing amateur soccer in the Baltimore area. He was a player/coach of the Corinthian Soccer Club when the team won the Maryland State Amateur Championship in 1937.
After working for the Baltimore Bays of the North American Soccer League, Ringsdorf became the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. He led the organization from 1961 to 1963 and spent his tenure working to make soccer one of the most popular sports in American high schools.
In 1979, Ringdorf was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

One Response to Gene Ringsdorf

  1. Philip Turner

    Gene Ringsdorf was my grandfather. I don’t remember him (unfortunately) for his great work in spreading the sport of soccer across America. I remember him as a man who lived to live. He was “the life” of every social engagement in which he participated, from the baptism of his great-grandchildren to his fiftieth anniversary (which I had the fortunate pleasure of attending). Even at the dinner table in the nursing home, Gene Ringsdorf brought laughter, energy and “raison d’etre” to me and everyone around him.
    May he rest in peace.

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