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“Frank was my instructor of Gymnastics at the Baroness Rose Posse School 1951-153 Coached me in my first of many New England Gymnastic meets. I...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Amy Brown Hicks - Needham, MA

“I was one of so many of Mr. Musker's students, in Peabody. I remember him very fondly, now almost 40 years after the fact. He was the gym teacher...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Gary Jacobs - Cumberland, RI

“What ripples are still going outward from Uncle Frank's legacy? Several have been educators working with children and finding places in this world...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Pam Hilton - Sudbury, MA, MA

“Frankie is my darling brother. He has always been so loving and kind to me and I remember the times he took me to the beach and ice skating so many...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jean Conroy - Tyler, TX - sister

“Many fond memories of Papa Musker, Rachel's Graduation from College, Brendan's & Rachel's wedding and the many Thanksgivings and Christmas' we...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Kevin - Fairfax Station,, VA

“The Red-headed Bald Eagle has flown to Heaven. Rest in peace, Papa Musker. We will miss you. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Miriam Carroll Fenton - VA

“Frank was indeed an exceptional man -- and a very witty, humorous one, too. We all loved sharing "Frank stories" over the years. In addition to all...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Melinda Bargreen - Everett, WA

“Dear Faith, Rick, Rachel, Brendan and Emma, Life changes but it never ends so say the butterflies - God's postcards from heaven. Your are in my...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Franklin Carroll

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Frank F. Musker, 98, passed away peacefully at home on April 13, 2011, surrounded by his family. Frank was born on July 23, 1912, in Toronto, Canada, the oldest son of William and Jean (Harris) Musker, and grew up in Malden, Massachusetts. When Frank was six years old, his father, a gymnast, acrobat, and song and dance performer, brought him into his act and they performed together until Frank had completed high school. As a senior at Malden High School, Frank was the drum major for the High School Marching Band. His early training with his father was instrumental in Frank’s becoming an outstanding gymnast and acrobatic tap dancer.
During the summers after high school, Frank worked at Lake Chocorua in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was here that he met the Dean of the School of Education at Boston University, who, after observing Frank’s considerable gymnastic ability, encouraged him to apply to BU as a Physical Education major. At BU, Frank was a full-time student while also working full time to earn his tuition. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1939, and later earned his Master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. Frank enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his military service, he attended the Air Corps Physical Education School in Miami, Florida, where he was a special instructor. He later transferred to the Medical Corp and attended the Correctional Exercise School. After the war, he received a certificate in Physiotherapy from the Baroness Rose Posse-Nissen School of Physical Therapy, where he later taught. Frank was a licensed physical and corrective therapist.
For many years Frank was the Assistant Director of the Boston YMCU, later becoming Director of the BYMCU. During that time he taught many youths who were referred to him from the Juvenile Court in Boston. Several of these young men attributed the change in the direction of their lives directly to Mr. Musker’s influence. Frank coached gymnastic teams at M.I.T and was directly responsible for the start of AAU gymnastics in New England. He became the New England Chairman of Gymnastics and was one of the adjudicators involved in selecting members of the Olympic Gymnastic team for the USA. Mr. Musker was the author of three books: Basic Skills in Sports for Men and Women; Gymnastics; and Sports and Recreational Activities Handbook, which has been used as a text in many colleges. He taught at Boston University for several years and later for twenty years in the Peabody Public Schools.
Mr. Musker was devoted to his family, generous with neighbors and friends, and consistently demonstrated kindness and good humor toward all. He leaves his daughter Faith Lueth and son-in-law Richard, granddaughter Rachel Carroll and her husband Brendan, great-granddaughter Emma Carroll, sister Jean Conroy, sister-in-law Ramona Musker, and many loving nieces and nephews, as well as his loving caregivers. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy, his sister Alice Lockhart, and brothers David, William, and Tom Musker.
A Funeral Service will be held at The Newton Presbyterian Church, 75 Vernon St, Newton Corner on Wednesday April 20 at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave Needham on Tuesday from 6-8 PM. Interment Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton. In lieu of flowers donations in Frank’s name may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite G-500, and Woburn MA 01801.