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Frank Waller

Frank Waller

Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
1904 St. Louis 400 metres
1904 St. Louis 400 metres hurdles

Frank Laird Waller (June 24, 1884 – November 29, 1941[1]) was an American athlete who specialized in the 400 metres. He later became a vocal coach.

He competed in the early twentieth century. He won two silver medals in Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics in the men's 400 metres and 400 metre hurdles behind gold medalist Harry Hillman in both events, while a student at the University of Wisconsin. He was U.S. Champion in the men's 440 yards in 1905 and 1906, and the 220 yard hurdles while competing for the Milwaukee Athletic Club.

He graduated from Menominee, Wisconsin High School, and later the University of Wisconsin[2] in 1907. After his college graduation, Waller moved to Chicago.[2] In Chicago he knew William T Purdy and Carl Beck, who together wrote the University of Wisconsin fight song "On Wisconsin." Waller told Purdy about a contest and $100 prize to write a University of Minnesota fight song. Carl Beck convinced Purdy it should be presented to the University of Wisconsin as their fight song.

He went on tour with the singer Lillian Russell as her pianist. He spent several years in Germany conducting at provincial opera houses.[2] He later served as a voice coach and headed the voice department at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.[3][4] During his career, he served as director of the Tri-City Symphony, Milwaukee Philarmonic Orchestra, the National Broadcasting Company in New York, and the WPA Orchestra in Richmond, Virginia. Among the singers he coached were Charles Sears, Edith Mason, Rosa Raisa, Alice Nielsen, Luisa Tetrazzini, Frances Peralta, and Olga Blani.

He died of a heart ailment[4] after six weeks of illness at the hospital. He was unmarried.[2]

Personal Bests: 440y – 49.6 (1905); 400H – 53.6 (1904).


  1. ^ The obituary in Musical America indicates he died November 28; the notice in the New York Times places the date of death as November 29; the obituary in Musical Courier lists his date of death as November 30.
  2. ^ a b c d "Frank Laird Waller," Musical America (December 10, 1941), p. 39.
  3. ^ "Frank Laird Waller," Musical Courier (December 15, 1941), p. 32.
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Frank Laird Waller," New York Times (November 30, 1941), p. 69.

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