Wednesday, June 16, 2010Frank Downing played for the Lipscomb basketball team in the late 1940s. He is retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital. He has fond memories of his time at Lipscomb and spent some time with lipscombsports.com to share some of them.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“Basketball in 1947, 48 and 49. Eugene Boyce was the head coach and Herman Waddell was the assistant coach.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“I was elected captain of the team by the players two years in a row.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Fessor Boyce. He allowed me to be myself and I had so much respect for him.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your stay at Lipscomb?
“Spending hours at a time with friend Elyon Davis in his dorm room where we would all congregate.
“Jane Garrett was a student at Lipscomb that introduced me to my wife, Inez.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Since having survived a cruel war, World War II, coming to Lipscomb in such a caring environment was like living in a Christian family.”
Who was your favorite professor and why?
“Fessor Boyce stood alone. He was a good man. It was a privilege to have graduated from Lipscomb as the first four-year class in 1949.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer?
“I retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital. I was the director of recreation.”
Tell us about your family.
“I met my wife while at Lipscomb, Inez. I have a daughter, Nancy in Atlanta, son Larry in Nashville, son Mark in Cumming, Ga., a daughter Teresa in Murrayville, Ga., and daughter Carmen in Alpharetta, Ga.”