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July 27, 2018

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

 

 

EDITORS' PICKS

No. 50: Rest in Peace

A tweet this month delivered news nobody was ready to hear. "We are saddened that one of the greatest players in @WakeMBB history, Len Chappell ('62) has passed away," announced Wake Forest Sports.

Chappell died July 12 at age 77. He was a basketball legend, a 6-foot-8 All-American who led the Demon Deacons to two NCAA championship tournament appearances, including a spot in the Final Four in 1962. In 1961 and 1962, he was the Atlantic Coast Conference's men's basketball player of the year and ACC athlete of the year in 1962. He then went on to be a first-round draft choice — the fourth player chosen over all — to play for the Syracuse Nationals.

Watch this video from the NBA to see the powerful player in action. Here is his obituary from The New York Times. Chappell's retired No. 50 jersey will continue to celebrate the University's first consensus All-American and forever honor a legendary Demon Deacon. We wish his family peace and comfort.

All best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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