St. Louis, Mo., May 12, 2015 — Bob Light, a 2006 inductee into the Washington University in St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, passed away on Monday. He was 88.
Light was a four-year starter in basketball and tennis, and was named the WashU Athlete of the Year in 1949-50. At the time of graduation, Light ranked first in career scoring with 739 points.
Also the Bears' top tennis player, he boasted a 54-2 singles record while helping the Bears win a school-record 28 straight matches during his tenure. He was also Saint Louis Men’s City Champion in 1949 and 1950.
Light is a 1950 graduate of University College with a degree in education, and earned his Master of Arts degree from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1957.
Light served 29 years as a head coach at Appalachian State University, leading the Mountaineers’ men’s basketball program for 15 seasons (1957-72), followed by 14 seasons at the helm of the school’s men’s tennis program (1974-88). He remains the winningest coach in school history for both sports (211 wins in basketball, 255 in tennis). One of WashU’s top two-sport athletes, Light was inducted into Appalachian State's Hall of Fame in 1991.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Boone, N.C. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Service in Boone.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, N.C. 28607, or the Robert "Bob" Light Endowment Fund for Basketball or Tennis Scholarships, in care of Appalachian State University Foundation, Gift Processing Center, ASU Box 32014, Boone, N.C. 28608.
Online condolences may be sent to the Light family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.