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Class of 1970 sponsored AWOD: ‘Doug’ Hargreaves & ‘Ted’ Tromanhauser 2 inductees for 2018

Class of 1970 sponsored Athletics Wall of Distinction (AWOD)

Articles by: Peter Reimer – RMC, Sports Information and Promotion Coordinator

RMC’s Athletics Wall of Distinction, founded and sponsored by the Class of 1970 through its endowment fund managed by the RMC Foundation, was established to honour those who have brought distinction to the college through significant achievements and contributions in sport while at RMC and/or following graduation throughout their athletics careers. After the first induction class in 2017, the selection committee is proud to present another accomplished group of inductees in 2018.


John Walter Douglas “Doug” Hargreaves – Builder

‘Doug’ Hargreaves

At the upcoming Athletics Wall of Distinction (AWOD) induction ceremony on 21 March 2018, RMC Athletics will recognize John Walter Douglas “Doug” Hargreaves in the Builder category for his exceptional accomplishments at the college from 1965-70 as the varsity football and basketball coach, and thereafter for his lifetime achievements in Canadian amateur football.

Many amateur football fans will recall his name, but few know Doug’s university coaching career began, in part, because of his enrollment in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Doug’s natural coaching ability landed him a role as a flight instructor in the RCAF, which he joined with the dream of becoming a pilot. After flying C-119s, Doug got his first opportunity to coach at the university level when then RMC Athletics Director Danny McLeod sought him out for the job. Who better than a military man to coach a team of Officer Cadets?

Proud of his service with the RCAF, Doug eagerly accepted the challenge of coaching at the small military college. During his years at the helm, RMC football rose from mediocrity into one of Canada’s top 10 university teams. Although he made his name across the causeway at Queen’s, it was his experience building the program at RMC that prepared him for his subsequent success.

Doug has previously been inducted into the Queen’s University Football Hall of Fame, the Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame, and has been nominated for a spot in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. His former colleagues and players, as well as his family, fondly remember one of his favourite sayings: “Be flexible and have a sense of humour.”

Individual accomplishments:

·       Associate Professor, School of Physical Health and Education and Head Football Coach, Queen’s University, 1976-94

·       Member, Coaches Working Committee that developed the Level I, II, III and IV National Coaching Certification Program for Football Canada, 1970’s through the 1980’s

·       Five-time OQIFC Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1983, 1989 and 1991

·       Awarded the Frank Tindall Trophy as CIAU Coach of the year in 1983

·       Overall CIAU coaching record 128-103-3

Team accomplishments:

·       Led the RMC Redmen Varsity Football team in 1969 to the school’s first and only top ten national ranking level in the modern era

·       Vanier Cup Finalist three times with Queen’s University, Champion in 1978 and 1992

·       OQIFC Finalist 13 times with Queen’s University, Champion nine times

Thank you to the Hargreaves family for providing additional details from the time Doug spent at RMC.


3252 Edwin Alfred “Ted” Tromanhauser – Athlete

‘Ted’ Tromanhauser

At the upcoming Athletics Wall of Distinction (AWOD) induction ceremony on 21 March 2018, RMC Athletics will recognize 3252 Edwin Alfred “Ted” Tromanhauser in the Athlete category for his exceptional accomplishments as a member of the RMC Harrier and track & field teams from 1950-54.

First a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and later a field engineer for a private company, Ted left his mark at RMC and on the Ontario intercollegiate running scene. Flipping through the record books, it has been over 65 years since RMC claimed the provincial senior title in what we now call cross-country. Doubtless, Ted played a significant role on the talented team of Officer Cadets that won the Harrier Championship in the fall of 1952; however, the Tromanhauser family (Ted’s wife Liana, plus their son and daughter) says that Ted would have been thrilled to be chosen as an inductee this year, because it would also provide recognition for the team as a whole.

In addition to his success at intercollegiate competitions, Ted was also the master of the One Mile Race at RMC’s inter-squadron meet. A model of discipline, Ted found success on the track year after year, finishing as the only Officer Cadet at RMC to win the One Mile Race in four consecutive years.

Ted’s dedication to his sport was matched by his loyalty to his school. Whether it was attending reunions, meetings, or contributing to fundraisers, Ted was omnipresent. He even encouraged the children of friends and family to attend RMC, and set time aside to accompany them to the grounds he knew so well.

While his accomplishments speak for themselves, Ted’s family best describes his relationship with athletics: “Running was a constant in his life and the last thing he did in his life. It was a way for him to shut off the world around him, find calm and focus. He never lost his competitive spirit; he timed his runs till the very end.”

Individual accomplishments:

·       Set numerous RMC and intercollegiate half mile and one mile records

·       Three-time Greenwood Cup recipient, awarded to the winner of the One Mile Race at RMC, 1951-53; renamed in his honour

·       Inaugural Tromanhauser Cup recipient, awarded to the winner of the One Mile Race at RMC, 1954

·       Prince of Wales Trophy recipient, awarded for excellence in athletics during his four years at RMC, 1954

Team accomplishments:

·       CIAU Intermediate Track and Field Champions, 1951, 1952

·       Three-time Montreal Star Trophy winners, awarded to the Quebec Provincial Harriers Champions, 1951-53

·       CIAU Central Division (now OUA) Senior Harrier Champions, 1952

·       Second at CIAU Intermediate Track and Field Championships, 1953

Thank you to the Tromanhauser family for providing additional details on Ted’s life.


Over our next two Issues we will be high-lighting four more inductees for the ‘AWOD Class of 2018’.

RMC ATHLETICS WALL OF DISTINCTION – night to remember-2017


  • Austen Cambon

    February 26, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Great that our late classmate (RR52/RMC54) Ted Tromanhauser will be inducted into the RMC Athletics Wall of Distinction. Ted was the epitome of determination to win and to do it for the College and for the Harrier and Track and Field teams on which he was such a valued member. Ted led those teams to intercollegiate championships. Competing in the early post-war years of the College, during the early 1950s, he was instrumental in helping to restore RMC’s pre-war highly-respected reputation in his sports. It is so good to see Ted honoured through receiving this prestigious award and be recognized for his many extraordinary athletic accomplishments. He was a truly superb athlete, a fierce competitor, and a good man.

  • Jon Hubert Jennekens (3221)

    February 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Ted Tromanhauser, a “first among equals” in his leadership as a competitor in collegiate and inter-collegiate Harrier and Track & Field competitions. Always a determined entrant in these competitive events but also an athlete who encouraged his colleagues to strive to improve their personal abilities. One of the many memories that I treasure about Ted was his habit of having been welcomed into a classmate’s room was to open the window to its full extent (whether or not his classmate smoked …. most of us did not ….) and then ask if we were doing “circles” around the football field in preparation for the inter-squadron Harrier’s race. Ted Tromanhauser, an unforgettable classmate and colleague during our post-grad involvement in nuclear.

  • Philip Gunyon

    February 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Ted certainly deserves this honour. It’s too bad he isn’t here to enjoy it. He and Kerry Gill stand out in my fading memory as great athletes during our day at RMC. I shall not be attending but will mark the event on my calendar and save some special thoughts for Ted on that day.

  • Jerry Donahue (3035)

    February 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    The RMC Athletics Wall Of Distinction is a fitting place for the name of an Athlete of Ted Tromanhauser’s abilities and accomplishments in Track and Field during his time at the College and after. It is an honour to remember him as a classmate who always gave his best at all times and was the best in his field at all times. Thank you Ted.

  • Paul Hession

    February 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    As one of Doug Hargreaves’ former players (men’s basketball 1967-69), it should also be noted that his 1968-69 team had a record of 12 wins and 9 losses and played in a losing cause for the conference championship against (then) Loyola College in Montreal. Loyola went on to play in the four-team national championship tournament that year – arguably making RMC’s basketball Redmen also a Top 10 team that year.

    7855 Paul Hession

  • Greg MacDonald

    February 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    As a fellow member of both teams I fully endorse your sentiment. We were better than we thought we were.
    Still love memories.
    Greg MacDonald

  • John Neroutsos (3303)

    February 27, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    The RMC Athletics Wall of Distinction is a very distinctive achievement for any athlete. I remember Ted as a trusted friend, an outstanding leader and a very competent aviator. Ted not only served in the regular force as a CF 100 pilot, but was a highly respected citizen soldier in No. 438 Squadron (reserve) in Montreal. Bravo Zulu Ted.

  • Dave Wightman (3334)

    February 27, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    A great selection. Ted was an outstanding cadet, athlete, pilot and citizen.
    I’m glad to see him honoured, albeit posthumously.
    Well done once again Ted!

  • Jim Tremain

    February 28, 2018 at 9:51 am

    There is little that can be added. That stride in the photo speaks loudly. Yes. “A model of discipline.” “Unforgettable.” His #3252 – came after my number – was continually enthusiastic about our RMC. He was devoted to every aspect of our complex life and the challenges of personal development. Visiting our family, he was thrilled to visit with #1766 – my father – who was also accomplished in athletics. They both shared their love for The College and what it represented to each. A warm memory.
    Jim Tremain

  • Austen Cambon

    March 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

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    Those of us who were cadets at the College in the early 1950s remember that in our time the feature event at Track and Field Meets was the One Mile Race. The challenge for distance runners of our era was to break the 4-minute mile time. The great Roger Bannister finally did it (3:59.4) at age 25 at Oxford on May 26, 1954, just a few days before our Class of RR52/RMC54 marched of the Parade Square as graduates. Sir Roger Bannister passed away just a few days ago. As a medical student and ultimately as a neurologist and researcher, he simply had no time to continue running competitively after his greatest and last race. This often happens also to outstanding RMC athletes in their various sports. Careers, understandably, will likely take precedence in life after Graduation. Fortunately, memories will live on.

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