Middlesex's Olympians

Gordon Smith's Olympic Hockey jacket & Team photograph of the 1936 United States
Gordon Smith's Olympic Hockey jacket & Team photograph of the 1936 United States Olympic Ice Hockey Team

In honor of the upcoming summer Olympics in London, Middlesex began a search for school Olympians. Middlesex’s tradition of athletic excellence yields a variety of associations with the Olympic games.

One of the earliest is Gordon Smith, Class of 1927, who played on the United States Olympic Hockey team during the 1932 and 1936 Olympic games, and his legacy includes a goal scored during the ‘32 Olympics hosted in Lake Placid, NY. The team went on to win a silver medal. In the ’36 Olympics, he played in all eight games and also contributed a goal, assisting his team to an eventual bronze medal. Smith generously donated his jacket and hat from the opening ceremonies as well as his hockey pants to Middlesex to preserve a piece of Olympic history. In 2001, Smith was inducted into the Middlesex Hall of Fame. His son, David, also attended Middlesex and graduated in 1962.

Lawrence “Monk” Terry Jr. ‘64, Business Manager (’72-’74) at Middlesex competed on the U.S. rowing team in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. In ’68, he rowed in a four-person boat without a coxswain and placed fifth. Before his next Olympic appearance, he won two National titles, one in 1970 for pairs with a coxswain and another in 1971 in pairs with a coxswain. At the ’72 games, he stroked an eight-man shell, nicknamed the “Alte Achter,” to a silver medal. As a Boston Globe article wrote of the crew more than 30 years later, “There had been no American eight like them before and has been none since.” Terry is the son of Lawrence “Monk” Terry, Middlesex's second headmaster from ‘38 to ’64, also an Olympic veteran as the coach of the U.S. coxed-four in the 1936 Berlin olympics. Monk Terry Jr.'s daughter, Louisa ‘90, also rowed stroke seat during her time at Middlesex.

As well as being Middlesex’s beloved head trainer, Laura Darby McNally '80 was also a USOC trainer for the 1984 Olympics, the 1989 Olympicfest, and the 1987 and 1995 Pan Am Games. She also held the position of Head Athletic Trainer for the U.S. men's and women’s rowing teams during the World Championships. Now, raising three children on the Middlesex campus, Darby coaches Girls' Varsity Crew along with Erika Mills ‘99. Darby also serves on the Sports Science & Safety Committee for US Lacrosse. 

Good luck to all of the Olympians this year in London!

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