Former Harvard Wrestling Head Coach Jim Peckham Passes Away at 81

Former Harvard Wrestling Head Coach Jim Peckham Passes Away at 81

Jim Peckham served as head coach for the Harvard wrestling program from 1986-1993. (Photo courtesy Jet Commercial Photographers Inc.)

National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee and former Harvard wrestling head coach Jim Peckham passed away Wed. night at the age of 81. Peckham coached the Crimson from 1986-1994.

The wrestling program has created a blog for alumni to share their thought and memories about Jim. Please consider an entry for the site.

The Boston native coached and competed  in wrestling at the international level, participating in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. He earned national recognition as he was one of the top professionals in the sport in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Peckham also served as the assistant coach for the 1972 Olympic freestyle squad and head coach on the 1976 Olympic Greco-Roman team. He finished his international coaching career having been at the helm for numerous World Championships, Pan American Games, World Cups and other international competitions.

Peckham served as wrestling coach and Director of Athletics at Emerson for 27 years before joining Harvard, holding that post for eight years. During his tenure at Harvard he produced seven EIWA placewinners and one EIWA champion along with four NCAA qualifiers and one NCAA placewinner. 

There will be a showing on Friday, Aug. 26 at the McDonald Funeral Home at 40 Sea Street in North Weymouth, Mass., from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 27 at the McDonald Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. with a reception to follow.