December 8, 2022

Swimming & Diving Mourns Passing of Frank Dooley



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming and diving program mourns the loss of Frank Dooley, a Buckeye great.

Dooley was a three-time All-American at Ohio State. During the offseason, he swam with the New Haven Swim Club, with which he set world records in the 400 free and 4×200 free relay.

At the 1952 Olympics, held in Helsinki, Finland, Dooley was a member of the United States’ gold medal-winning 4×200 free relay team in the qualifying heats.

Following the 1952 Olympics, Dooley returned to OSU and earned a degree in business administration. Before going on to UCONN to earn his law degree, Dooley served as a First Lieutenant in the Korean War with the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a lawyer for over 40 years.

He continued to compete in Masters swimming competitions and, at the age of 80, was named as one of the Top Ten Masters Swimmers.

Dooley passed away on Nov. 14 in Norfolk, Conn. at the age of 93.