George A. Sheehan was a physician, senior athlete and author best known for his writings about the sport of running. His book, “Running & Being: The Total Experience,” became a New York Times best seller. He was a track star in college, and later became a cardiologist like his father.
He served as a doctor in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II on the destroyer USS Daly (DD-519). He married Mary Jane Fleming and they raised twelve children. He continued to write while struggling with prostate cancer. His last book, Going the Distance, was published shortly after his death.