Boston-born, Mollis was quite a swimmer when he came to Akron from McKeesport, Pa., in 1926. By that time he had won two junior distance titles. At the old Central YMCA, he, along with Hall of Famer Any Fela, came under the tutelage of "Bus" Gladwin. He finished second in his first marathon effort and didn't lose another until 1930. His biggest victory was the 1928 state championship t Maumee Bay, near Toledo. In his prime, he was unbeatable on the state level but never competed nationally.