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Frank Waller

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrank Laird•Waller
Used nameFrank•Waller
Born24 June 1884 in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA)
Died29 November 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri (USA)
Measurements176 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsWisconsin Badgers, Madison (USA) / Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Frank Waller of the University of Wisconsin and the Chicago AA was unfortunate to encounter Harry Hillman at his best at the St. Louis Olympics. However, he gave Hillman a good race in the 400 m and 400 m hurdles and won a silver medal in both events. Waller, later representing the Milwaukee AC, also won the AAU junior 440 y in 1903 and the senior title in 1905 and 1906, as well as the 1905 AAU 220 y hurdles. After his college graduation, Waller went on tour with the singer Lillian Russell as her pianist. He later served as a voice coach and headed the voice department at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. During his career, he served as director of the Milwaukee Philarmonic Orchestra, the National Broadcasting Company in New York, and the WPA Orchestra in Richmond. Among the singers he coached were Charles Sears, Edith Mason, Rosa Raisa, Alice Neilsen, Luisa Tetrazzini, Frances Peralta, and Olga Blani.

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


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Waller
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver