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Monday, January 15
Former turfwriter Pat Lynch dies

NEW YORK -- Patrick W. Lynch, long a turfwriter and a former vice president of the New York Racing Association, died Monday after a lengthy illness, 10 days before his 85th birthday.

Lynch was a native New Yorker who, for more than three decades, was a reporter and columnist for the Hearst newspapers.

While serving in Europe with the Army in World War II, Lynch earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts and a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant.

In 1967, Lynch joined the NYRA as its public relations director, and became vice president of public relations the following year.

Lynch remained a regular in the press boxes at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga until his health began to fail last summer.

He is survived by a sister, Penelope Wilk, and a nephew, C. Robert Mendelsohn.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

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