Remembering Bill Wygle


Bill Wygle’s physical size gave obvious clues to his past athletic achievements in football, track and field at Kansas State Teachers College under legendary coach Fran Welch. But it was his gregarious nature that would immediately put visitors at ease. 

R. W. “Bill” Wygle (BSE-Physical Education 50, MS-Educational Administration 53) died Jan. 13, 2014 at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor. He was 87 years old. 

A World War II veteran, Wygle and his wife, Peggy (BSE-English 59, MLS 68) lived in Vet City as a student. He was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and Blue Key Honor society. After a career that included administrative posts at KSTC and presidencies of Arkansas College, Batesville, Ark., and Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Ok., he later became general manager for American National Insurance Company. 

His past service includes the Alumni Association board of directors. At the time of his death, Wygle was a Trustee Emeritus of the Emporia State University Foundation after serving the organization as board chairperson from 1991-1993. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Key Honor Society at Emporia State.