In Memoriam: Ron Hyatt

Long-time SLA member Ron Hyatt of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has died. From the Raleigh-Durham News & Observer:

Dr. Ronald "Ron" Hyatt, 73, died June 13, 2007 from cancer at his home in Chapel Hill, NC in the company of his wife of 45 years, Gayle Hyatt; son, Wesley Hyatt; and daughter, LuAnn Hyatt Martinson. He is also survived by his son- in-law, Skip Martinson; and two grandchildren, Bennett and Brynn, all of Charlotte.

Born in Dillon County, SC on August 28, 1933, to Francis Moody Hyatt and Dewey Sherman Hyatt, Ron played on two state championship baseball teams. He graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC, in 1956 with a degree in Physical Education and History.

In 1966, UNC-Chapel Hill called him to be an intramural director and professor, launching a teaching, research and service career at Carolina that lasted for 40 years. Ron earned his Ph.D. there in 1970. He was recognized for his service to UNC in 2000 when he was awarded the C. Knox Massey Award. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science and served on the faculty council and other committees. His department honored him by establishing its first scholarship (the Ronald W. Hyatt Scholarship) and naming the Woolen Gym Library after him.

He was a national and international figure in intramural sports. He published a textbook on the subject and held many workshops and clinics on campus intramural programs. He published more than 40 articles, monographs, and chapters in books related to intramurals, the Olympics, technology and sports, and social issues in sports.

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