January 5, 2018

College Mourns Passing of Herb Appenzeller


Guilford College mourns the Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, passing of Dr. Herbert T. "Herb" Appenzeller, the school’s Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Sport Studies Emeritus.

In a 37-year career at Guilford, beginning in 1956, Herb's work as a professor and administrator produced countless scholars, athletes and leaders in their fields. He served as a Professor, Coach, Dean of Students and, for 31 years, as the Quakers’ Athletics Director. During his tenure, Guilford teams captured national titles in men's basketball (1973) and women's tennis (1981). Herb's vision provided the impetus for the College to create one of the nation's first Sport Management majors in the early 1980s.

A nationally respected author and consultant in the fields of sports law and risk management, Herb conducted reviews and made presentations for hundreds of colleges, universities and other organizations. He is a member of no fewer than eight halls of fame, including the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Wake Forest University Athletics Hall of Fame. The game field of Guilford’s Armfield Athletic Center was renamed Herb Appenzeller Field in 2006.

The family will accept visitors starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at New Garden Friends Meeting. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College.