Delbert Lamb


Thank you to the family of Ken Henry for use of this photo. All rights reserved. Olympic Team 1948 Front row L-R Richard Solem, Arthur Seaman, John Werket, Robert Fitzgerald. 2nd row l-r Manager Bagdade, Ken Bartholomew, Louis Rupprecht, Ken Henry, Captain Delbert Lamb, Ray Blum, Coach Miller

Inducted  May 17, 1969

Delbert was born October 22, 1914 and passed away on September 25, 2010. During his life he became a World 500m gold medalist and was a member of the Olympic teams in 1936 and 1948. He served as the Olympic Team Coach in 1956 and was a national referee for many years. He was elected to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 17, 1969 in Anaheim, California.



Delbert Thomas “Del” Lamb (October 22, 1914 – September 25, 2010) was an American speed skater. He competed in the 500 m event at the 1936 and 1948 Olympics and placed fifth-sixth. He won that event at the 1936 World Championships, placing second in 1950.

Lamb worked for the Milwaukee Fire Department, and lost his job when he left for the U.S. Olympics Trials and the 1948 Olympics amidst a big snowstorm in Milwaukee. Between 1948 and 1958 he served as sheriff of Milwaukee, and also ran Del Lamb’s Sport and Cycle Shop there. After retiring from competitions he worked as a speed skating coach and attended the 1956 Winter Olympics in this capacity. At the next Olympics in Squaw Valley he served as Chief Starter for speed skating events. In 1969 he was inducted into the U.S. Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

Lamb died aged 95 from the Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Franklin, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He was survived by his wife of 43 years Joanne, sons Pat and Thomas, daughter Susan and step-children Kathleen Ojedak and James Gray. His other daughter Judith died before him.