Marvin 'Skeeter' Francis Passes at 82
Marvin "Skeeter" Francis
January 10, 1922 (Durham, N.C.) to
Marvin "Skeeter" Francis, the longtime sports information director at Wake Forest University and later at the Atlantic Coast Conference, passed away earlier today at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Francis was 82.
A Durham (N.C.) native, Francis served 15 years at Wake Forest as director of sports publicity, beginning in 1955. In 1969 he left WFU to work as service bureau director and assistant commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference for 22 years until his retirement in 1990.
Francis' association with the ACC began as a sportswriter, and ultimately, assistant sports editor of the Durham Morning Herald covering the inaugural ACC Tournament in 1954.
A 1946 graduate of Wake Forest College and a seven-year veteran of the Armed Services, Francis was the first Director of the ACC Basketball Tournament, which established standards that have been adopted by other conferences as well as the NCAA.
Francis, a past President of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), is an inductee of the USBWA Hall of Fame as well as the Helms Hall of Fame for Sports Information Directors. The Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association began the annual Marvin "Skeeter" Francis award in 1990 recognizing individuals for distinguished service to the ACC. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame.
Statement from Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman:
Statement from ACC Commissioner John Swofford: