Harlow Rothert
Rothert in 1926
Personal information
BornApril 1, 1908
Carthage, Missouri
DiedAugust 13, 1997 (aged 89)
Menlo Park, California
Alma materStanford University
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
Event(s)Shot put, discus throw, decathlon
ClubLAAC, Los Angeles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)SP – 15.88 m (1930)
DT – 46.83 m (1930)
Dec – 7068 (1930)[1][2]
Medal record

Harlow Phelps Rothert (April 1, 1908 – August 13, 1997) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the shot put.

Rothert attended Stanford University, where he competed in basketball, football, and track and field. He was named first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference in basketball in 1929. He won the NCAA shot put title three times, and set a world record for the event in 1930. Rothert competed in the shot put at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 1932 games, held in Los Angeles, and placed seventh in 1928.[1][3]

Rothert earned his bachelor's degree in 1930 and law degree in 1937, both from Stanford. He was a trial lawyer who specialized in civil law. He founded a law firm in San Francisco, and taught at Stanford Law School and Hastings College of Law. During World War II, he spent two years in the Marine Corps.[1][3]

In 1996, he was part of the Olympic Torch Relay. Around that time he had an acute inflammation in his legs and had to practice every day to cover the targeted 2 km distance using a specially designed walker.[1] He died next year, aged 89, and was survived by wife, Jessie Calderwood Rothert, and two children, Harlow P. Jr. and Steven.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Harlow Rothert. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Kenneth Carpenter. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ a b c REMEMBERING Harlow Rothert, '30, LLB '37, 1908–1997.Stanford Alumni November/December 1997