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Frank Lubin, 89; Basketball Olympian

July 13, 1999

Frank Lubin, captain of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that won the first gold medal in the sport in 1936, has died. He was 89.

Lubin, of Glendale, died July 8 of heart problems, said his daughter, Joan Urata.

Lubin's widow, Mary Agnes, said she met Lubin when he went to play basketball in her hometown of Wichita, Kan., where she worked in the telegraph office.

"I was quite taken by Frank. I picked him up," she said.

The two were married in 1935. A studio grip in later years, Lubin worked on television series including "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Rifleman," according to family members.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Lubin is survived by a son, John; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Woods Mortuary, 511 S. Central Ave., Glendale. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Incarnation Catholic Church, 1001 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Lubin will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.

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