“One of the brightest stars in Texas athletic competition”

The other day I was looking for something in our enormous  collection of materials from athletics and as is my habit once I found it I browsed through the rest of the box. I was startled to find two long pieces of cardboard kind of stuck together in one of the folders, then shocked when I separated them and saw what they were: a memorial resolution of the Texas House of Representatives in honor of Johnnie Frankie, who was Rice’s basketball coach when he passed away in 1963 at the age of 50:

New Johnnie Frankie 1

New Johnnie Frankie 2

My heart sank when I read this–I’d never heard his name before and wanted to know more. I set about trying to find a photograph of him but couldn’t come up with anything but fuzzy Campanile images so I was thrilled when this one turned up among George Miner’s things:

New John Frankie photo

You can see the warmth and decency in his face, can’t you?

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5 Responses to “One of the brightest stars in Texas athletic competition”

  1. nburch2 says:

    He was a nice man and a good coach.

  2. effegee says:

    I did a double-take while reading page 2 of the resolution. Mrs. Dorothy (M.) Frankie was my high school biology teacher.

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  4. ernie mills says:

    Johnnie Frankie was a great man.I played basketball for him at Wharton Jr College
    and Rice in 59-60.He was tough but shaped many boys into men.What a treasure
    to be among his many friends..E MILLS

  5. Willard (Buddy ) Prince says:

    He was a good Guy . Now at age 81 , I find Henry Hare at Champions Golf Club driving his own golf cart . What a small world .

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