F&M Athletics Mourns Loss of Chris Black ‘72

F&M Athletics Mourns Loss of Chris Black ‘72

LANCASTER, Pa. – Former wrestler and member of the Franklin & Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame Chris Black '72 passed away on June 19th in San Francisco, Calif. He was 63.

Chris was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and went to Susquehanna Twp. High School before attending Franklin & Marshall, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. He founded and operated two importer/distributor businesses: Black & Paterno with partner Phia Paterno (Swarovski crystal), and Black Ink with wife Jan (fancy paper from Thailand, Japan, India, Egypt, Spain). 

Black is one of only four members of the wrestling program to be honored as a two-time All-American, having secured the distinction after winning the NCAA 126-pound College Division Championships in 1971 and 1972. He captured the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Title at 126 pounds in 1972 after finishing second the previous season, and was named the Most Valuable Wrestler at the 1972 EIWA Championships. 

Inducted into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981, Black went undefeated on the 1968-69 freshmen team, winning all 17 matches in which he competed. Over the next three seasons, he compiled an incredible 38-2-1 record in dual matches. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Friends Without A Border at www.fwab.org. You can read his obituary by clicking here.