Frank Patrick Henagan, champion middle distance runner and member of the training squad for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, passed away peacefully (after a short illness) at the Epworth hospital on 8 January. He will be remembered for his outstanding contribution to Sport at the University of Melbourne.
Frank was heavily involved in the sporting clubs at the University, becoming a life member of the Melbourne University Athletics, Cricket and Football Clubs for four decades of loyal service. His involvement with the University began in 1956 when he became a training squad member for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. For the next 58 years, he was involved with University clubs in various ways, from coach to committee member, mentor to friend.
“Frank’s story at the Blues is one of hard work, respect, caring and passion”, says Joseph Sturrock, President of the University Blues Football Club. “Frank was a friend to countless generations of University Blues footballers... he will be sadly missed by all of the Blues Community.”
Frank was also a valued part of the Trinity Residential College, starting in 1976 as a groundkeeper. He coached the College’s Athletics and Football teams, providing support and advice to all Trinity students who sought it for nearly 40 years. He ended up holding the Director of Sport position at Trinity, a position commensurate to his passion for sporting endeavour.
Frank turned 80 this past November, a few weeks after a gala celebration held at the MCG to celebrate his life and major milestones. He will be sorely missed by the University sporting community, University Clubs and Trinity College.