Francis J. Nagle, Ph.D.
National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #260
Professor Emeritus Francis J. Nagle, a member of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin from 1965 to 1989 – Madison, passed away on August 15, 2014 at the age of 90.
Dr. Nagle co-founded the university’s Biodynamics Lab, along with Bruno Balke. Nagle’s research focused on the energetic costs of different forms of exercise, with this information then being used to establish exercise guidelines.
During his long tenure at the UW-Madison campus, Nagle was instrumental in integrating the once separate men’s and women’s physical education programs on. Additionally, he was an essential leader in the growth of the graduate program in the Kinesiology department. He was well loved as both a classroom instructor of advanced Exercise Physiology courses and as a mentor to graduate students’ research throughout the 1960’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s.
Nagle was active in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), serving as treasurer, vice president for Physiology, and managing editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the ACSM journal. He received the ACSM Citation Award in 1988. The Citation Award is granted to an individual or group who has made significant and important contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences.
Nagle himself was a former standout athlete, having quarterbacked the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1949 and 1950. He was selected to play in two All Star games and the Senior Bowl Game, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1951 and played one season of professional football for the Montreal Alouettes before injuries and a desire to be closer to family ended his football career. Beloved husband and father of 11 children, Fran is survived by his wife Edna and children Michael Moran (Glennda), Tom Moran (Lori Grant), Susan Moran (Gary Johannsen), Patty Nagle, Dennis Moran, John Moran (Deb), Ann Clark, Kevin Moran (Melissa), and Daniel (Gretchen). Son John Nagle and daughter Erin Moran preceded him in death.