Dr. Frank McCue III, the
"He was one of the most incredible guys," said Hampton High football coach Mike Smith, a dear friend of McCue's. "He loved the coaches and the kids and always remembered everybody's name.
"I think he did more for the University of Virginia than
McCue suffered a
Born in Lewisburg, W.Va., McCue earned his undergraduate (1952) and medical degrees (1956) from Virginia and completed his residency there. He left briefly for a hand surgery fellowship in California and returned to Charlottesville in 1961.
The renowned Dr. James Andrews, a pioneer in elbow surgery, studied under McCue at Virginia.
"No one loved the University of Virginia more nor has anyone done more to contribute to the welfare of citizens across the Commonwealth than Frank McCue," athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement. "When I think about people that truly made a difference in the welfare of others, Dr. McCue will be at the top of my list.
"He was more than a pioneer in the fields of sports medicine and hand surgery. Dr. McCue dedicated his life to ensuring the health and welfare of athletes of all levels and citizens around the country and the region. It is hard to estimate the number patients he served, the number of aspiring doctors and trainers he mentored or the number of hours he volunteered during his career. He'll be missed and there will never be another like him."
McCue also served as the athletics surgeon for
"R.I.P to the great Doc McCue. You will be truly missed," Virginia quarterback David Watford of Hampton tweeted Sunday evening.
"Sometimes you get a chance to meet someone who was truly part of the fabric of a program. Doc McCue was that to UVA. Rest in peace Doc," Cavaliers play-by-play man Dave Koehn tweeted.
Denbigh High football coach
And that he was.
Upon his retirement, McCue was named Professor Emeritus of Orthopedics at the University of Virginia's hospital. Moreover, he was the first inductee to the Order of the Crossed Sabres, the Virginia Football Alumni Club's highest honor.
The Virginia High School Coaches Association annually gives a sports medicine award in McCue's honor.
The McCue Society, comprised of former colleagues, fellows, trainers, students and friends, funds sports medicine scholarships to Virginia undergraduates and graduate students.
"Frank always put others before himself," former UVa executive vice president Leonard Sandridge said in a statement. "He was a generous mentor of medical students, an effective caregiver for athletes of all ages and a highly respected physician within the profession.