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RIENZO, Francis X.


On Saturday, November 3, 2018. Francis X. Rienzo was the Director of Athletics at Georgetown University from 1972 to 1999. During his tenure, Georgetown Athletics experienced unparalleled success and expansion, and by 1995 the number of varsity sports had grown from 11 to 26. Frank played a pivotal role in the creation of the Big East Conference, and Georgetown’s success in the Big East and nationally catapulted the University into the national spotlight. Frank arrived at Georgetown University in 1969 as Track Coach before transitioning to Director of Athletics in 1972. His positive influence and leadership reached thousands of students, faculty, staff, friends, and family.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Joan T. Rienzo; father of Francis J. Rienzo, Teresa Paquette, Cecilia Castiello and Matthew Rienzo; grandfather of Joan Castiello, Joseph Paquette, Katie Castiello, Frank Paquette, Eddie Paquette, Anthony Castiello, Matthew Rienzo, Cecilia Paquette, Grace Rienzo, Xavier Rienzo, Luke Rienzo, Lila Rienzo, Lucy Paquette, Nico Rienzo, Reese Rienzo and Holly Rienzo; brother of Mary Elizabeth Noll, Ignatius, Gregory, Bernadette, and the late John and Aloysius Rienzo.

Relatives and friends may call at Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bartholomew Church, 6900 River Road, Bethesda, MD, on Thursday, November 8, at 10 a.m. Interment National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joan T. Rienzo Scholarship Fund at Georgetown University at