Korik, Martin, - of Margate, Funeral services for Martin Korik, who passed away on June 21, 2017, will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11 AM graveside at Rodef Sholom Cemetery, 6691 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Korik was the publisher of the Jewish Record newspaper for 35 years from which he retired in 1996. The weekly newspaper served the Jewish community of greater Atlantic City and South Jersey. Additionally he published resort guidebooks for 25 years. Born in Philadelphia, he excelled in Athletics at Olney High School where he was selected by Look Magazine on its 1945 All-American High School Track and Field Team and his picture appeared in Look Magazine. In his specialty, the pole vault, he was the only schoolboy in the nation to clear 13 feet that year. On the Olney High School gymnastics team he served as co-captain and was Public High champion on the horizontal bar, runner-up on the parallel bars and third in the all-around competition in 1945. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame. He received an athletic scholarship for pole vaulting to the University of Tennessee graduating in 1950, where he was unbeaten in four years of dual meet competition, and at one time or another held every meet record in the South. In September 1950, he was a member of the United States team that participated in the 3rd World Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel, winning gold medals in both the pole vault and the decathlon. He crossed the finish line first in the decathlon 110 meter high hurdle race and also won the 1,500 meter run. In 1949 Korik won for the University of Tennessee its first victory in the Penn Relays where he was awarded the only gold watch given for pole vault. In the 1950 Penn Relays, he won first place in the pole vault and was awarded another gold watch. In the 1949 Florida Relays, Korik won the pole vault top jump in the country at that point, and a mark that exceeded the winning height of 14' 1 1/4" in the 1948 Olympics. Korik's 14' 1 5/8" mark held up as the 8th best in the world in 1949 and still stands as a school record in the bamboo pole variety. The bamboo pole era has now been replaced by fiberglass poles. In the 1950 National AAU Track & Field Championship, held in New York's Madison Square Garden, Korik was a runner-up to Bob Richards, then the world's No. 1 ranked vaulter. On what could have been a tie at the winning height, Korik pulled a leg muscle on the approach run and had to withdraw from the competition. At the University of Tennessee, Korik was elected to the All Students Council and was publisher of the University Desk Blotter on campus; in addition, he was chosen for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Korik was an Army veteran, a former member of Avoda Club, a 46-year member of Justice Lodge, No. 285, F&AM and a 32nd degree Mason. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Pat), children, Lynn and Neil Goldfine, Jill Korik and Alan Korik, grandchildren Felicia Goldfine and Brandon Goldfine, sister Ruth Herman of Los Angeles, niece Dannette Herman of Los Angeles and brother-in-law Dr. Lester Lieberman of New York. Arr. ROTH-GOLDSTEINS' MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Atlantic City www.rothgoldsteins.com

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