Robert Appleby

Robert is the Class Correspondent for the Class of 1954.


He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2008. His citation is copied below:


Football, Basketball, Track, Cross Country, Soccer, and Lacrosse Hall of Fame Citation


Perhaps no Washington College student-athlete has had as varied a collegiate athletic career as Bob Appleby. Bob first stepped on a WC playing field in the fall of 1950, playing as an end on the final football team in school history. By the time he graduated in 1954, he had played six different sports.

Bob was a top-notch special teams player on the football team as a freshman before moving indoors for the winter for basketball. To fill his spring, Bob went out for the track team, running the mile. As a sophomore, Bob made cross country his fourth sport, winning a few races. He then returned to basketball in the winter and track in the spring.

In the fall of his junior year, Bob tried out for the soccer team, making the team and becoming one of its top scorers. After another season of basketball, Bob went out for his sixth sport at Washington College and landed a spot on the national powerhouse lacrosse team.

During Bob’s senior year, he represented five Shoremen teams. He was named an All-South All-American in soccer, finishing as the Shoremen’s second-leading scorer. At the conclusion of the soccer season, he made a cameo cross country appearance, running in the conference championships. He spent his fourth basketball season as the team’s captain and lone senior. In lacrosse, he earned a starting spot in the midfield for a team that became the school’s first national champions, as the Shoremen were Laurie Cox Division Co-National Champions. During a two-week layoff in the middle of the lacrosse season, Bob ran in one track meet, finishing second in the mile.

Despite all of his time playing varsity sports, Bob was active in other activities, serving as student body president, Theta Chi fraternity vice president, Wesley Club president, and treasurer for the yearbook. He played intramural softball and tennis and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Bob’s passion for a wide variety of experiences continued well past college. He served in the U.S. Navy before beginning a long career with DuPont. An avid basketball and racquetball player, he has been very active in the political process for 25 years and was inducted into the North Carolina Republican Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition, he has devoted 15 years to the promotion of affordable housing.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Robert H. Appleby into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this fourth day of October, 2008.