He was a stand-out athlete in high school and college, who continued to compete well into his 90s. He was an expert in hair and fiber identification for the FBI.

But Oliver Duggins might be best known for his associations. Duggins raced with Jesse Owens and worked with J. Edgar Hoover.

Duggins barely missed the Olympics team in 1936 that featured Owens, when he finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. The two, though, became life-long friends. Duggins began life with the FBI in 1942, then became a teacher at St. Louis area colleges.

Oliver Hervey Duggins died Sunday in Chesterfield. He was 97.