Richard Hyland

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Richard Hyland
Medal record
Men's rugby union
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1924 Paris Team competition

Richard Frank Hyland (July 26, 1900 – July 16, 1981) was an American rugby union player who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics.

He was a member of the American rugby union team, which won the gold medal. Hyland also played college football at Stanford University, and went on to become a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times.[1]

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  • profile Hyland was married four times. His first wife was writer Adela Rogers St. John and they had a son, Richard St. John. His second wife was Lou Mathews Lansburgh, another Stanford graduate, and they had a son, Lanric. His third wife was actress Ann Staughton and they had a daughter, Patricia. His fourth wife was actress Rochelle Hudson. He died a beautiful death: in his sleep while playing at a pro-am golf tournament at Yosemite National Park, where he had been a Park Ranger in his youth. He entered the US Marine Corps as a Captain in WWII, serving as headquarters company commander in a Marine Air Wing. He retired from the reserves 20 public affairs years later as a bird colonel. He was a staunch, lifetime conservative Republican.


  1. ^ "Tribute From A Player". Sports Illustrated. 1954-09-27. Retrieved 2008-10-31.