Frank Brough Richey ’38, Athlete, Coach, Patriot

Frank was born on June 4, 1920, at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus and passed away at home in Athens, Ohio, on March 8, 1997. Frank was active at West High School as Student Council President, Chairman of the Social Committee, Latin Club, “W” Secretary and Treasurer, named to the All High Football teams in 1936 and 1937, member of the Basketball Team 1936 and 1937 and the Baseball Team in 1936, 1937, and 1938.

Frank ran a record 102-yard touchdown against Newark High School during the 1936 Homecoming game, a feat that has never been surpassed. His high school coach, Harold Wise, regarded him as one of the greatest players he ever coached. Frank attended the Hum Preparatory School in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Frank volunteered for the Naval Reserve while attending Ohio Wesleyan and was called to active duty with a commission as an Ensign. During active duty in World War II he commanded the U.S.S. Catalpa AN-10 and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant J.G.

Frank received his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin and went on to teach and coach at Ohio University. He was a member of the Ohio University Varsity football coaching staff where he made a great contribution to their success. During his career at O.U. Frank coached many West alumni. He received a Certificate of Merit by the Green and White Club of Athens for his outstanding achievements in the field of athletics. He was inducted into the O.U. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.

Frank and Ruth Richey were married for 52 years. They are parents of Lynn R. Mauch of Gahanna and Robert Richey of Athens. They have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Frank was well-loved by his family and friends and commanded the respect of those who knew him.
(Update: Ruth Richey died April 12, 2017 at the age of 95.)