Former Navy captain Oldham passes away

July, 18, 2011
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Edwin W. “Ned” Oldham II, former captain of the Navy football team, has died after a long battle of Parkinsonism Plus. He was 74.

"Crazy Legs" Oldham was the captain of the team that beat Rice in the 1958 Cotton Bowl and ended the season ranked No. 3 in the country. He had a 19-yard touchdown run in the game and a pair of conversions, along with 50 yards rushing.

Oldham also scored all 14 points in the 1957 Army-Navy game his senior year. He was 6th Company Commander his final semester; ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class in 1958 and was named a Scholastic All American.

After leaving the service, Oldham became a prominent Intellectual property attorney in Akron, Ohio and Naples, Fla. He was instrumental in bringing the National Inventors Hall of Fame to Akron from Washington D.C.

A memorial fund has been established for Oldham for the Athletic Excellence Program. Send contributions to: USNA Foundation Inc., 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401. Please note that the contribution is in memory of Ned Oldham for the Athletic Excellence Program.

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