View Full Version : Jerry Heidenreich Took His Own Life Yesterday in Dallas

Tom Ellison
April 20th, 2002, 03:02 AM
The Swimming World lost a great one yesterday in Dallas. Often the pain we endure in life is great and more then we can endure.....
Jerry was a gifted swimmer...and he will be missed. God Bless Jerry and his family.

jim thornton
May 6th, 2002, 11:04 AM
I met Jerry when I was in Dallas writing an article on Kenneth Cooper for Men's Journal magazine. Jerry was the masters coach right there at the Cooper Center for Aerobic Fitness campus, and he very kindly let me swim a couple practices with his team. I didn't get to know him beyond the merest acquaintanceship level, but you could tell from his swimmers he was much liked and highly respected.

For reasons I can't fathom, spring is a season where suicide is particularly common. A high school kid in my hometown recently ended his life; it seems to me a lot of my friends are having an uptick in depression this time of year.

As great as masters swimming is for mood elevation in general, sometimes brain chemistry can get pretty far out of whack, and you may need more than physical activity alone to get out of the woods. There have been great strides in the recent decades in seeing depression and other emotional disorders as medical illness (not character weaknesses) that can be successfully treated. I pray that anybody out there who is struggling with what may seem to be insurmountable problems go to your doctor and get some help. You can find out a lot more about depression and anxiety disorders at the National Institute of Mental Healths excellent web site: www.nimh.nih.gov

If Jerry's death can help one person get the help they need, it would be a great legacy.

May 18th, 2002, 11:16 PM
The Chicago Tribune ran a thorough and compassionate piece about Jerry Heidenreich in their Friday paper (May 17th). The article can be accessed at:


May 18th, 2002, 11:18 PM
for some reason that link got shortened.
here it is again:


May 18th, 2002, 11:20 PM
now wait a minute. i checked and double checked ... it looked fine
here in the typing box and then got truncated on the way to
being posted. What is that?



May 18th, 2002, 11:22 PM
all i can say is after the tribune.com/ is as follows:


If this one doesn't work just go to www.chicagotribune.com

and search under Heidenreich. You will find the article. that's how I found
it on line.

Does anyone know why this url keeps getting ... inserted for some
of the characters?


May 19th, 2002, 08:45 AM
When you post a long link the forum software shortens what appears on your screen so that it will be a one-liner - but the complete url link is there in the background - simply click on the "truncated" link and it works fine. Unfortunately, those with email notification get only what's displayed on the screen, not the underlying link.

May 19th, 2002, 10:12 AM
I lied. If you cut and paste from the forum you get only what's on the screen, not the underlying link. EWmail notification people get the whole link.

May 20th, 2002, 09:31 AM
thanks emmett

i see now ... just tried it and it works fine (my browser even shows the whole link in my status bar) ... oops.