Dan Hanley, Former U.S. Olympic Team Physician, Dies at 85

BRUNSWICK, Maine. May 8. DAN Hanley, former chief physician to the United States Olympic team and among the first to recognize the dangers of steroids, has died at 85.

He was chief physician for several U.S. Olympic teams between 1960 and 1972. Hanley helped to develop protocols for drug testing in the Olympics.

A native of Amesbury, Mass., Hanley played football, baseball and hockey at Bowdoin College. He went on to serve as physician at his alma mater for 33 years.

After receiving his medical degree from Columbia, Hanley served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. He later was executive director of the Maine Medical Association.

At Bowdoin, Hanley noticed that the standard heel cleat contributed to knee injuries. He went on to redesign the football shoe with a rubber heel and became an advocate for its use.

Hanley's eye for athletics was reflected in the advice he gave his niece after she broke her knee skiing. He suggested she take up running. In 1984, the niece, Joan Benoit Samuelson, won the gold medal in the first women's Olympic marathon.

Hanley's survivors include his wife, Maria, and their four children: Daniel Hanley Jr. of Baltimore; Sheila Hanley of South Portland, Maine; Sharon Hanley Vitousek of Kamuela, Hawaii; and Sean Hanley of Falmouth, Mass.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick, Maine.

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