is with sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Steward and Hall of
Fame member Carl Lovsted ’52. Carl began his career
at Washington in the fall of 1948 and was an IRA champion in 1949 (F8) and 1950
(V8), before crowning his accomplishments with an Olympic bronze with teammates
Al Ulbrickson Jr., Al Rossi, and Dick Wahlstrom at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
An active Rowing Steward for decades, he was inducted into the Washington Hall
of Fame with his 1952 teammates in 1998.
Carl’s impact on the
Washington Rowing program is immeasurable. His generosity, from the scholarship
endowments he created to “chief coffee maker” at the Steward’s Enclosure, was
boundless. He will, however, be remembered by most for his strength of
character, and as the embodiment of what it meant to be a Steward of the
program. "I got so much
out of the experience that helped me in my life that I've always thought that I
was simply acting on my responsibility. I still do,” said Carl in a 2008
Lovsted was a friend of Washington Rowing, and in so doing became a friend and
mentor to many, many people associated with it, across multiple generations. As
is the case with exceptional people, his loss will not only be felt personally
by the many he touched in his life, but by the entirety of our program. To his
family, teammates, and friends, we offer our condolences.
celebration of life will be held at Conibear Shellhouse on Saturday, December
14th, from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. In the meantime, read about Carl and his rowing achievements here
(with many photos from his collection) -
Washington Rowing History - 1950's.
In addition, the 2008 SWEEP article nominating him as one of the most
influential people in the history of Washington Rowing, is here -
First Family - A Husky Profile.
At Washington, our team
includes exceptional and dedicated athletes and coaches, a vibrant alumni
group, active parents, and friends from across the globe. Our core values
include an equal and inclusive environment for all of our athletes - men and
women together - and emphasize tradition, community, education, and
teamwork. These values do not end at the shellhouse doors, but are a
commitment every VBC member has made - since the days of Hiram Conibear - to
strive for excellence both on and off the water. Welcome to our