Dr. Harry Stille, who came to Erskine more than 60 years ago, died Monday, Jan. 6. He is survived by his wife, Reba Stille, who formerly served as Erskine’s college nurse; his children, Suzette, Brand, and Fronde; and four grandchildren.
Stille served as physical education professor and was head baseball coach from 1959-1988, retiring as head of the physical education department in 1991. He also trained driver education teachers each summer at Erskine for 60 years.
An artist as well as an inventor, he displayed his artwork in one-man shows and conducted children’s art programs for the Abbeville Artist Guild; held patents on pitching and batting pads he designed; and created plans on which the design of the Galloway Center was based.
Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson recalls Stille’s love for baseball, for statistics, and especially for Erskine College. “He was always helpful, never critical, and expressed his love for this community every time we spoke. I will miss my friend and his deep love for this special place.”
Stille served as mayor of Due West for more than two decades and as a state representative from 1991-2003. He was a member of the Due West Town Council at the time of his death.