Don Laz
Don Laz in 1951
Personal information
BornMay 17, 1929
Chicago, U.S.
DiedFebruary 21, 1996 (aged 66)
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois[1]
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Event(s)Pole vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)4.65 m (1952i)[1]

Donald Robert Laz (May 17, 1929 – February 21, 1996) was an American pole vaulter. He won a silver medal at the 1952 Olympics and a bronze at the 1955 Pan American Games. Domestically he held the NCAA title in 1951 and shared the AAU title in 1953. After retiring from competitions he worked as an architect in Champaign, Illinois, and retired after suffering a stroke.[1]

In January 1951 Laz married Nancy June Barber[2] They had a son Doug, who also became a competitive pole vaulter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Don Laz". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ File:Don Laz with wife 1951.jpg.