Boo Morcom

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlbert Richmond "Boo"•Morcom
Used nameBoo•Morcom
Born1 May 1921 in Braintree, Massachusetts (USA)
Died3 October 2012 in Tilton, New Hampshire (USA)
Measurements177 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsNew Hampshire Wildcats, Durham (USA)
NOC United States


Boo Morcom was national caliber in both the high jump and pole vault. He started college at the University of New Hampshire in 1940 but was sidetracked by World War II, although he finished second in the 1942 AAU high jump. In 1943 Morcom pulled off an unprecedented triple at the IC4A meet, when he won the high jump, pole vault, and long jump.

After serving in the war for three years Morcom graduated from UNH in 1947, winning the NCAA pole vault that year. He was AAU pole vault champion in 1945 and 1947-48. Morcom later became a phys ed teacher and track coach, first at the University of Pennsylvania but in later life in high school back in New Hampshire. He continued to compete in masters events well into his 70s.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.94 (6-4½) (1947); PV – 4.49 (14-9) (1949); LJ – 7.23 (23-8¾) (1947).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Boo Morcom
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) 6