Francis J. George
Year Inducted: 2002
Frank George has been a fixture within the Brown athletic department for the past 36 years, first as Head Athletic Trainer and now as the Director of Sports Medicine. Legions of Brown athletes and trainers have been influenced and educated by George, one of the most honored athletic trainers in America.
A 1962 graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he attained his B.S., George went on to get a degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1963, where he was also a member of the Dean’s List.
George worked as a physical therapist at Boston’s Veteran Administration Hospital from 1963-1964. He then went into the Army for two years and was a First Lieutenant. He came to Brown in 1966 where he quickly established himself as one of the finest trainers in the country.
George was a guest lecturer on sports medicine in Tokyo, Japan in 1976. In 1977 George was an athletic trainer for the United States Olympic Team in Innsbruck, Austria. From 1974 until 1978, George was the President of the National Athletic Trainers Association. In 1979 he was the Athletic Trainer for the United States Sports Festival in Colorado Springs.
Frank George supervised 32 athletic trainers at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. George was a key figure in the passage of licensure for athletic trainers in Rhode Island in 1980. Also, in 1980 Frank was the Rhode Island Special Olympics Head Athletic Trainer. Since 1982 George has been a member of numerous Brown University athletic department search committees. He was also was associate editor for YearBook of Sports Medicine.
From 1980-1992 George was the Chairman of the Rhode Island Athletic Training Licensure Board. He was the Chairman of the National Athletic Trainers Association Grants and Scholarship Committee, which raised more than one million dollars for athletic training student scholarships, from 1984-1989. In 1995 he was the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in Rhode Island. In 1999 George was the Chairman of the 50th Anniversary of the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium.
George has received several awards throughout his career. In 1976 he was honored for his contributions to high school athletics by receiving the Rhode Island Athletic Directors Award. In 1978 George received the National Athletic Trainers Association Distinguished Service Award after serving for four years as the President.
Brown University honored George in 1980 by presenting him with the Brown University Bruce Yeuter Award for contributions to the men’s soccer program. In 1981 he received the Cramer Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. George was also the recipient of the Brown University Jay Barry Award for contributions to the football program in 1987.
In 1988 he was given the National Athletic Trainers Association Distinguished Service Award for serving as Chairman of the Grants and Scholarship Committee. He was the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Distinguished Service Athletic Trainer Award recipient in 1996. In 2002 the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association graduate scholarship was named in honor of Frank George.
Francis J. George has been married to his wife Lynn (UMass ’62) for 38 years. They have four children: Lynn (Brown ’87), John (Brown ’88), Karen (Northeastern ’90), and Chris (Brown ’91). They are also the proud grandparents of Jake and Isabel (Lynn’s children), and Chris, Carolyn and Katie (Chris’ children).