The Lynch family


By Greg Hoersten - For The Lima News



Jim Lynch would go on to play outside linebacker with the Chiefs for 11 seasons, winning Super Bowl IV with the team in January 1970 in New Orleans.

Jim Lynch would go on to play outside linebacker with the Chiefs for 11 seasons, winning Super Bowl IV with the team in January 1970 in New Orleans.


Allen County Historical Society photos

As Jim Lynch rose through the ranks in football, his brother Tom Lynch was doing the same in the Navy.


Allen County Historical Society photos

Rodney L. Lynch Jr., patriarch of the Lynch family, died Jan. 10, 1975. His wife, the former Marie Rose Hahn, lived nearly another 20 years, dying Jan. 8, 1994.

Rodney Lynch III, who left Lima to work in real estate in the Columbus area, died Dec. 7, 1992. “He was the brightest of us all,” younger brother Ray Lynch said. “His passing was hard.”

Ray Lynch played football four years at Lima Central Catholic and one year at Xavier University, from which he was graduated. He also was a member of the T-Bird wrestling team. In 1972, he married Judith Maria Lippincott, another LCC graduate.

Kathleen Ann Quinn, wife of Tom Lynch, died May 18, 2010, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Services were at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.

LIMA — Jim Lynch was busy his senior year at Lima Central Catholic. Among other things, he led the Catholic Students Mission Crusade, performed in the senior class play, “The Music Man,” and dabbled in poetry.

“His poetry has appeared in such diverse publications as ‘The Flash,’ the LCC literary publication, and the Chicago Tribune,” Lima Citizen sports editor Gene Perine wrote June 2, 1963. “And he had his first rejection slip last week — the New York Times sent back one of his poems.”

Mostly though in 1963, it was Lynch handing out the rejection slips — to Ohio State, Purdue and several other major college football programs which coveted the All-Ohio player who starred on both defense and offense at LCC. By his senior year, Lynch had narrowed the field of suitors to Northwestern, Notre Dame and the Naval Academy, where his brother Tom was captain of the football team as well as two-time academy heavyweight boxing champion. “Tom Lynch is a good football player and a fine boy,” Navy football coach Wayne Hardin told The Lima News on Oct. 14, 1962. “He plays real steady ball for us and loves to hit people.”

Jim Lynch was good at hitting people, too, but ultimately decided not to follow his brother to Annapolis. “Jim, an All-Ohio selection at Lima Central Catholic in 1962, will begin his varsity career with the Fighting Irish just as brother Tom, the Navy center, linebacker and team captain, winds up his college playing days at Annapolis this season,” the News reported Dec. 22, 1963.

Younger brother Ray Lynch remembers Lee Corso, an assistant coach at Navy in 1963 and an ESPN personality today, pushing hard to convince Jim Lynch to join his brother at Navy. During a talk at the Lima Exchange Club, according to a story in the June 9, 1966, edition of The Lima News, Corso marveled at the accomplishments of the brothers. “Just think,” Corso said, “Tom Lynch captain of the Naval Academy football team, brother Jim Lynch captain (for 1966) at Notre Dame. Why, I never heard of two boys from the same family being captains of the respective teams. What an honor.”

Instead of being teammates, Jim Lynch, who was named the most consistent outside linebacker on the Notre Dame freshman team, was sitting among the fans in South Bend on Nov. 2, 1963, as Tom Lynch and Navy pummeled the Irish, 35 to 14. Navy would not defeat the Irish again until 2007.

Navy finished the year with a No. 2 national ranking and a date with No. 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year’s Day 1964. Two days before the game, Kathleen Ann Quinn, who had dated Tom Lynch since high school, boarded a Lake Central Airlines plane at the Allen County Airport for the trip to Dallas, where she would be “Miss Navy” at the Cotton Bowl.

Although Texas won the game 28-6, Navy finished the season 9-2. Ironically, the only other Navy loss that season was to Southern Methodist University in October — in a game played at the Cotton Bowl.

On April 28, 1964, Tom Lynch was awarded Navy’s Cooke Memorial Football Award, which, according to the News, was presented to the player “who, by his outstanding character and leadership, has done the most to promote team spirit within the varsity squad.”

That summer Tom Lynch played in the East-West All-America game, and, as the summer ended, married Quinn. “Kathy takes off for Annapolis,” the News wrote Sept. 1, 1964, “where at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 she will exchange vows with Ens. Lynch, son or Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Lynch Jr.”

Nineteen-year-old Jim Lynch, meanwhile, was among 30 Notre Dame students who spent much of the summer of 1964 in Sicuani, Peru, where he taught English and physical education at a Catholic school. “Kids are the same the world over,” Lynch told the News on August 17, 1964. “We learned a lot from them, too.”

With autumn 1964 came the announcement in the News that “the 210-pound Lynch is one of three sophomores expected to be in the lineup” for Notre Dame’s defense for a season-opening game against Wisconsin. The Irish, under new coach Ara Parseghian and coming off a 2-7 record in 1963, routed Wisconsin and reeled off eight more wins that fall — including a 40-0 whitewash of Navy — before a heartbreaking loss to USC in the season’s final game. In 1965, Notre Dame slipped to 7-2-1, but finished ninth in the polls.

Jim Lynch was named captain of Notre Dame for the 1966 season, a season in which the Irish were unbeaten going into a November matchup with Michigan State, also undefeated. The game in East Lansing ended in a 10-10 tie. Ironically, neither team went to a bowl game after the season, Notre Dame because the university feared postseason play would interfere with the team’s studies and Michigan State because they had played in the Rose Bowl the previous year and Big Ten rules prohibited teams from going two years in a row. Regardless, final polls placed Notre Dame No. 1 and Michigan State No. 2.

In the week following the Michigan State game, Lynch was named to the 1966 All-American Team. “As a senior, Lynch has been the hub of the Notre Dame defense once again,” Chuck Dell wrote in the News on Nov. 23, 1966. “He was the top defender against Michigan State as he was credited with 13 solo tackles.”

More honors followed. In December 1966, Lynch was presented with the Bob Maxwell Award as the nation’s best college football player. In the March 1967 NFL draft, Lynch was taken in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs. On June 17, 1967, he was taken in marriage by Georgia Nan Quatman in a ceremony at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lima.

Jim Lynch would go on to play outside linebacker with the Chiefs for 11 seasons, winning Super Bowl IV with the team in January 1970 in New Orleans. Jim Lynch was elected to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1990 and to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

A biography of Lynch on the National Football Foundation web site quotes his old Notre Dame coach Parseghian: “I am often asked who was the best player to coach, and Jim Lynch always comes to mind. He was an All-American in every sense – talented, hard-nosed and honest.” Today, Jim Lynch, 70, runs his own business in Kansas City, where his sister Cheryl Ann Haskin also operates a business.

As Jim Lynch rose through the ranks in football, his brother Tom Lynch was doing the same in the Navy. Although he served a stint as assistant director of the candidate guidance office at the Naval Academy, most of his time was spent serving on frigates and destroyers, the News noted June 16, 1991. Lynch was commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 in Mayport, Fla. During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, he served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower as commander of a battle group assigned to the Red Sea.

In June 1991, 30 years after his days as a midshipman, Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch assumed command of the U.S. Naval Academy. “I’ve always told my kids ‘work as hard as you can, pray as hard as you can and leave the rest up to God,’” Lynch told the News, adding that those were the values he learned from his parents, Rodney and Marie Lynch.

Now 73, Tom Lynch is executive chairman of the board of NewDay USA, a financial services company in the Washington, D.C., area.

Jim Lynch would go on to play outside linebacker with the Chiefs for 11 seasons, winning Super Bowl IV with the team in January 1970 in New Orleans.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_Jim2.jpgJim Lynch would go on to play outside linebacker with the Chiefs for 11 seasons, winning Super Bowl IV with the team in January 1970 in New Orleans. Allen County Historical Society photos
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_Jim3.jpgAllen County Historical Society photos
As Jim Lynch rose through the ranks in football, his brother Tom Lynch was doing the same in the Navy.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_Tom-1992.jpgAs Jim Lynch rose through the ranks in football, his brother Tom Lynch was doing the same in the Navy. Allen County Historical Society photos

By Greg Hoersten

For The Lima News

Rodney L. Lynch Jr., patriarch of the Lynch family, died Jan. 10, 1975. His wife, the former Marie Rose Hahn, lived nearly another 20 years, dying Jan. 8, 1994.

Rodney Lynch III, who left Lima to work in real estate in the Columbus area, died Dec. 7, 1992. “He was the brightest of us all,” younger brother Ray Lynch said. “His passing was hard.”

Ray Lynch played football four years at Lima Central Catholic and one year at Xavier University, from which he was graduated. He also was a member of the T-Bird wrestling team. In 1972, he married Judith Maria Lippincott, another LCC graduate.

Kathleen Ann Quinn, wife of Tom Lynch, died May 18, 2010, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Services were at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.

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