STRANAHAN, Frank RichardFrank Richard Stranahan, 90, passed away on June 23, 2013 with his loving son Lance at his side. Frank was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 5, 1922. His father was R.A. Stranahan, the co-founder of the Champion Spark Plug Company. Frank found his passion for golf at an early age. He was considered the world's top amateur golfer in the period between Bobby Jones in the 1930's and Tiger Woods in the 1990's. Frank was also known as the person who pioneered the use of weight training to build strength for golf. He developed a system specifically designed to strengthen golfing muscles with out causing a loss of flexibility. It would take more than 40 years after him, before golfers included weight training in their regimens. He won more than 50 amateur championships in the 1940's and 50's and six PGA Tour events after turning pro in 1954. Some of his top Amateur Championships included three time winner of The North and South,The Canadian, The Western and The Mexican .He captured the World's Amateur Championships for four years in a row and won the All American Amateur six years in a row. He was a two time winner of the British Amateur when it was one of golf's majors, and he was a runner up twice in the British Open and once at the Master's. He also served as a pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War II .After retiring from the golf tour, he attended Harvard business school and earned a Masters degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Finance. After the age of 45, he started long distance running and completed one hundred and two marathons. He took up competitive bodybuilding in his late sixties and won the National Bodybuilding Championship in the over 60 class at the age of 69 and the over 70 N.P.C. Florida Bodybuilding Championships at the age of 74 amongst other titles. He was a long time proponent of raw foods, juices and regular fasting as well. He continued his regular workouts until approximately three weeks before his passing. He leaves behind one son, Lance, who resides in West Palm Beach. A Memorial Service is planned for Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 PM with a reception starting at 5:00 PM. at QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County 5300 East Avenue West Palm Beach, Fl. 33407. Please specify Palm Beach Gardens division on your contribution.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from June 30 to July 1, 2013