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Donald Clooney
Donald  Clooney

Last College:
Missouri AC


Induction Year:

Elected to Hall of Fame: 2002

Membership status in USWP: Master Athlete

Club: Missouri Athletic Club, YMCA, University of Illinois, New York Athletic Club

College: University of Illinois 1947-51, St. Louis University Law School 1953-57

High School: Beaumont High School, St. Louis, Missouri 1943-47

Playing Record: Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) 1947-90, YMCA 1950 - 70, New York Athletic Club (N.Y.A.C.) 1951-52


  • AAU Sr. National Championship Team Indoor 1947
  • US Olympic Trials Team, M.A.C. 1948
  • Goalie for St. Louis All Star Team vs. Hungary Olympic Champions- exhibition in St. Louis 1948
  • Selected as Alternate Goalie on 1948 Olympic Water Polo Team
  • AAU Jr. National Championship Team Indoor & Outdoor (There were no goals scored against Don during the entire tournament)1949
  • Mid-Ocean Championship Team- Bermuda 1949
  • US Olympic Trials Team NYAC 1952
  • Helped Introduce Water Polo to St. Louis High Schools
  • Assistant Coach at St. Louis YMCA 1959-1964
  • Referee on the high school and national level
  • AAU National Championship Winning Team for 50 & over 1990
  • Member of the Meramec River Patrol "M.R.P." 1947-1980
  • Co-Captain MAC W/P Team 1948-50
  • AAU All American Selection as Goalie 1950
  • Outstanding Athlete Award for Ozark AAU district for Water Polo and Swimming 1950
  • Selected as goalie for US Team for Pan American Games- unable to go due to induction into Air Force for Korean War 1951
  • Elected to Missouri Athletic Club Hall of Fame for Water Polo and Handball 1993
  • Elected as Inaugural Member of the State of Missouri Hall of Fame for Water Polo 2000
  • Elected to the State of Missouri Hall of Fame for Handball 2000


  • Has been a licensed attorney of the Federal and Missouri Bar since 1957
  • Senior Partner of Clooney & Anderson Law Firm
  • Married, spouse: Carol, 4 children, 3 grandchildren
  • Member of the Meramec River Patrol "MRP" a voluntary organization established by US Congress in 1928 to help the American Red Cross to patrol the Meramec River to reduce the drownings that were occurring in the Meramec River. Seven (7) drownings were occurring weekly in the Meramec River at that time. In addition, the MRP taught swimming, canoeing, and life saving courses for the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America. The MRP also taught swimming to the blind, and Cerebral Palsy victims. To maintain membership in the MRP a member was required to put in at least 36 voluntary hours annually. The MRP was credited with saving over 1,000 drowning victims and recorded more than 2,000 assists. Annually the MRP would issue more than 3,000 certificates for beginners through instructors. Water Polo was the main source of training to help pass strict MRP annual swimming tests. Congress disenfranchised the
  • MRP in 1980 after the need for patrolling the Meramec ceased 1947-1980
  • Served in the Korean Water in US Air Force with Air Force Auditor General - Rank 1st Lieutenant 1951-1953
  • erved in US Air Force Reserve with Auditor General Unit and subsequently with Air Force J.A.G. unit- Rank Captain 1953-1967



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