Dr. Frank McCue Leaves Strong Impact on Charlottesville Community

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

July 9, 2012

Dr. Frank McCue started his career at UVa as an undergraduate. Now more than 60 years later, his name and legacy will always be remembered.

“It's just a remarkable story and if you personally have not been treated by Dr. McCue in all likelihood, you know somebody who has,” said Craig Littlepage, UVa Director of Athletics.

“He transformed himself to be whoever we needed him to be in that particular moment and that's what makes him so special. And so I have my special story but I'm telling you, there are lots of folks out there that have that same special story,” said Antonio Rice, former UVa football player from 1982-1986.

The former UVa Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Sports Medicine put many athletes back together of his 42 years at UVa.

“Many other Atlantic Coast Conference schools, when their student athletes either needed a second opinion or needed to have surgery, would send their athletes here to the university for Frank McCue to operate on them. So his impact has not only been felt on a local basis but regionally and nationally,” said Littlepage.

‘Doc McCue’ as many people called him, was more than just a doctor though to the UVa community.

“He's always a guy who is always going to be telling you a joke, who was always going to be making sure you're going to class and so he was totally responsible for not only our health but for our entire well-being,” said Rice.

Doc McCue has left his mark not only on UVa, but on countless athletes over the generations.

“This unfortunate thing Doc passing is um... It's tough. It's, like I say, it's going to be a while for a lot of us to get over that. Doc was absolutely family to us,” said Rice.

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