Charles Frawley ’32 Inducted 1987

Football, Hockey, and Track & Field

Charles   Frawley

Gustavus came into its own as an athletic power during the late 1920s and early 1930s, thanks largely to the efforts of athletes like Chuck Frawley. Between 1928 and 1931, Chuck participated in and excelled at no fewer than three sports, though his skill as a football player won him the most recognition. He began his Gustie career as a fullback in 1928 but switched to offensive guard the following year. His play at that position won him all-MIAC honors in 1929 and 1931 Chuck's strength served him as well on the track team, where he tossed the shotput for four years.
He also helped create Gustavus athletic history when he joined seven other students to form the first Gustie hockey team. Chuck played defense on the squad, which took on teams from towns throughout the Minnesota Valley area and was famed for playing without pads. Chuck's contributions to athletics at Gustavus are in and of themseIves deserving of this Hall of Fame award; we must, however, also note the sacrifice he made for his country.
Chuck Frawley was killed on Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944. one of the unsung heroes of the Allied D-Day invasion. For his valor as a Gustavian, as an athlete and as a man, we honor Chuck Frawley.