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Max Rote
Max  Rote

Swimming (Inducted 1981)



Max Rote ('36) was a swimmer for GW and the first swimmer to be inducted into the GW Hall of Fame. Rote was undefeated in the 100-yard freestyle. He was captain of the swimming team in 1932, '33 and '34 and received letters all three years. He was on the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association Championship team, where he placed second in 1934, and led the team to DCAAU Championships in 1933 and '34. He held AAU records at 50, 100 and 220 yards during his college career.

Rote returned as GW swim team coach in 1935 and '36, and later became swimming director for the Boy's and Girl's Club of Washington, where he developed two national Boy's Club championships.

During WWII, Rote was a special field rep in first aid and water safety at the American Red Cross, later becoming assistant director of disaster services. He then joined the Office of Civil Defense in 1956. Later, he transferred to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was assistant regional director for intergovernmental affairs. He received the president's annual award from the American Society for Public Administration's Massachusetts chapter.

Rote died in 1992. He was married to wife Betty, and they had three children: James, John, and Lynn.