Gorman '59 Donates Olympic Silver Medal

(Picture courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications)

In an event to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Harvard intercollegiate swimming and diving, Francis X. Gorman ’59, donated his Olympic silver medal to Harvard, Friday in the Dillion Fieldhouse lounge. The gesture is one that is unprecedented in team annals.    

Gorman had a storied career at Harvard, earning All-America accolades on both the one-and three-meter boards from 1957 through 1960. He also captured Eastern Intercollegiate Diving Championships on both boards in 1959 and 1960. After graduation, Gorman narrowly missed in his first attempt to make the U.S. Olympic team but qualified to compete in the 1964 Tokyo games after a stint in the Navy. Gorman helped the U.S. sweep the three-meter competition at the Olympics, earning a silver medal in the event.

Gorman went on to become a U.S. Ambassador of Good Will to Central and South America and a Class ‘A’ diving judge at international events. He received USA Diving’s Phil Boggs Award in 2008 and was selected to serve on the U.S. Olympic diving committee. A member of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame, Gorman continues to work with the Special Olympics organization in California and the Southern California Olympians Organization.