Guilford College lost a legendary figure Jan. 8 with the passing of Dr. Herbert T. "Herb" Appenzeller at age 92. His impact on Guilfordians and the field of sport law reaches back over half a century and will extend far into the future.
The memorial service for Herb will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in Dana Auditorium on the Guilford campus. The Appenzeller family will hold a visitation at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at New Garden Friends Meeting. Burial will be private.
In a 37-year Guilford career that started in 1956, Herb’s work 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), and had runner-up results in men’s golf (1985, 1986). Herb’s vision provided the impetus for the College to create one of the nation’s first sport management majors in the early 1980s.
Tributes to the beloved professor and administrator are arriving at Guilford College from colleagues near and far.
“Herb will forever be remembered for the profound impact he had on shaping Guilford over his career here,” said College President Jane Fernandes. “As Athletics Director, his vision sparked tremendous growth and success in our women’s and men’s teams, as well as the development of our athletic facilities. He brought positive recognition to the College through his pioneering work in sport management, sports law and risk management. His legacy as a mentor to countless students will live on for generations to come."
“I know that I am sitting here today, as the Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas, because of the incredible influence of Dr. A,” Hunter Yurachek ’90 said. “The direction he provided to me during my time at Guilford College and the mentoring and support he continued to provide in my life after Guilford helped shape who I am today as a leader, father and husband. I will fondly remember my time with Dr. A and will never forget the impact he had on my life.”
“I know that I am sitting here today, as the Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas, because of the incredible influence of Dr. A. ... I will fondly remember my time with Dr. A and will never forget the impact he had on my life."
Former Guilford College Athletics Director Herb Appenzeller was a nationally recognized leader in the field of sport law. Herb died Jan. 8 at the age of 92.
"He touched so many lives throughout his career and never steered away from helping you. I could call Dr. A for advice or help about anything and, true to form, during the past year he was one of my biggest supporters as I contemplated returning to Guilford to lead the program he started."