Erich was always a huge sports fan, and a passionate runner – he ran 40 marathons. He commentated on the Olympics in 1972 and 1976; he also made classic films for NBC on the history of the Olympic events. Erich wrote numerous articles, both academic and popular on running and the marathon.

His dream was to be an athlete, and when he discovered running, he discovered a lifelong passion. “For me running is a spiritual affirmation”.

I met Segal just once, when he and Kelley were chatting after a Boston Marathon. I clearly remember the kinetic energy – he practically had a nuclear glow about him.

Amby Burfoot