ORANGE, Calif. – Chapman University Athletics Hall of Famer and longtime supporter David Weatherill '51 passed away on Thursday at the age of 90. From the time he stepped on campus as a student-athlete to his passing last week, Weatherill was a committed Panther and respected member of the Chapman family.
"David Weatherill was 'Mr.Chapman.' He was regarded as the patriarch of Chapman athletics and our Hall of Fame," commented Associate Director of Athletics and Hall of Fame Committee Vice Chair Doug Aiken. "He was actively involved and one of our most dedicated supporters. He will be greatly missed."
As his Hall of Fame bio states, "Weatherill bled Panther cardinal." He was a three-sport athlete in the late 1940s and early 1950s in basketball, baseball and track & field. He was an All-Conference selection in both basketball and baseball and was named the team MVP in all three sports as a senior.
He became the Panthers' head basketball coach in 1967, serving in that role for six years as well as spending some time as Chapman's interim Director of Athletics. His reach on campus extended beyond just athletics as the divisional chairman of Chapman's health and physical education department as well as the associate director of the Department of Cooperative Education.
A memorial service will be held for Weatherill on Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Orange.
By Steven Olveda
Sports Information Director