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Vale - Frank Luck

2nd Apr 2019

The School mourns the loss of beloved past student, former Board Chairman and lifetime stalwart of The Rockhampton Grammar School, Mr Francis Edward Luck, known to all as Frank. 

Frank attended The Rockhampton Grammar School as a day student from 1939 to 1944. He was a gifted athlete whose name is scattered throughout the sports pages of the Schools’ Capricornus magazines. Frank represented the School in athletics, cricket, swimming and football. One of his greatest RGS achievements was winning the Junior Athletics Championship in 1943. Described by his rugby league coach at the time, Frank was an “outstanding player who should go far.” He captained the Junior Team to victory in 1943 while also playing five-eighth for the Senior team. “It was always a thrill and an honour playing for the School,” Frank recounted in an interview in 2016.

Frank’s relationship with the School lasted well beyond his graduation in 1944. He served as a member of the RGS Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1997; the last four years as Chairman of the Board. On 7 October 1997, the School’s newly constructed Year 12 Boys Boarding facility was named in honour of Frank. Opened by His Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Major General Peter Arnison AO, ‘Luck House’ has been home to hundreds of young men in their final year of schooling.

In 2000, Frank was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his work in education.

“Frank’s commitment to education, love for the School, and the opportunities a good education provides, has benefitted RGS and thousands of students,” remarked Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds. “He was an active member of our community who would always make time to talk to students about their goals and achievements. He had a keen interest in their future.”

Frank is survived by his wife Merilyn, their four daughters and several grandchildren, many of whom were educated at The Rockhampton Grammar School. Merilyn, also a wonderful and close friend of RGS, married Frank in 1954 in Rockhampton. We thank Frank for his enormous contributions, for standing for “Grammar and the right” and for helping the School grow in character and scholarship over 80 years as a student, Board Trustee, Board Chair and supporter.

Vale: Francis Edward Luck (31/12/1927 - 29/3/2019)