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Judith Gracey ’81
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2009
Judith Gracey ’81 was an exceptionally well-rounded athlete in track and field, winning a number of different sprint events, and setting several records along the way. While at Brown, Gracey solidified her legacy by winning five Heptagonal Championships, and a New England Women’s Championship. Her times remain in Brown’s top-10 in five different events, despite having competed nearly 30 years ago.
Despite coming to Brown without being recruited as an athlete, Gracey made an immediate impact in her freshman season in 1978. She ran a superlative 11.7 seconds in the 100 yard dash at the Heptagonal Championship to capture her first title. Along with three teammates, Gracey then followed later that day with another championship in the 4x400 relay.
Following a solid sophomore season, Gracey was back in the winner’s circle in 1980, leading the Bears to their first team championship in program history. She showed off her versatility by winning the long jump at Heps with a leap of 18’4.75”. Gracey also went on to capture the individual New England Championship in the 200 meters, running it in 25.2 seconds. Following her lead, Brown also took the team title under head coach Sirkka Williams, an impressive feat for a relatively young program.
Gracey wrapped up her career with another outstanding season in 1981. She repeated as the long jump champion at Heps, notching a jump of 17’6.75” to take first. Gracey also captured the 100 meter title with a run of 12.19 seconds, her fifth Heps crown in four seasons. At the time of her graduation, Gracey held school records in the 100, 200, and long jump, a tremendous accomplishment.
Following her time at Brown, Gracey went to law school at the University of Cincinnati. After graduating and returning to Michigan, where she grew up, she clerked for a circuit court judge and worked in the city attorney’s office as the assistant city attorney. Gracey then went into private practice, where she worked for a personal injury firm for a year before starting her own practice in 1990. She now maintains her own general law firm, which handles personal injury, probate and estates, sports and entertainment, commercial and criminal law. Gracey currently resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan with her foster daughter, Jessica.