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Skippy Baxter

Born: Dec 6, 1919

Death: Dec 18, 2012

Birthplace: Canada

Nationality: United States

Skippy Baxter

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1919
Date of Death : Dec 18, 2012
Birth Place : Canada

Lloyd Valdemar Baxter, better known as Skippy Baxter, was an American figure skater. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, his family moved to Oakland, California when he was 1 year of age. Skippy started his skating career as a Speed Skater. Often winning awards as a youth Speed skater in Oakland California. Then later, he won two medals at the 1940 United States Figure Skating Championships: a bronze in men's singles and a silver in pair skating with Hedy Stenuf. Baxter went on to skate professionally with the Ice Capades, working with Sonia Henie in her shows. Skippy and his brother Meryl Baxter owned an ice rink in Santa Rosa California on Summerfield Road, where the famous cartoonist Charles Schulz would take his family for skating lessons. It was there that Charles and Skippy Baxter formed a close friendship that lasted until the death of Charles Schulz. Baxter choreographed a segment for the 1969 animated film A Boy Named Charlie Brown, in which Snoopy skates. He later coached figure skating in Northern California at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa California. Charles Schulz built the rink while Skippy and his brother Meryl Baxter helped run and operate the rink.

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