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Profiles and Passings

Glenn Appelt - In Memoriam


All American Athlete and Academic

Glenn Appelt, PhD ’63, passed away peacefully May 21, 2013, surrounded by family.

He was born on August 24, 1935, in Yoakum, TX, to the late Leonard “Jerry” Appelt and Josephine Ohnhauser Appelt. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer McNew Appelt, Gulf Shores, AL; daughter, Christy Ann Allen Watkins, and son-in-law, Thaddeus Earl Watkins III, Nashville, TN; brother-in-law, John Jackson McNew, and sister-in-law, Debbra Castle McNew, Cumming, GA; and sister-in-law, Barbara Petty McNew, Louisville, KY.

Dr. Appelt excelled in leadership and athletics throughout his life. He played on championship teams in all sports and was invited to a baseball tryout camp for the St. Louis Cardinals while a junior in high school. At the University of Texas, Austin, he was a member of the Oak Grove Athletic Cooperative and played on their championship intramural teams in football, basketball and baseball. He was known by his teammates as “Gliding Glenn” for his agility and expertise on all teams for all sports.

Dr. Appelt received his BS in pharmacy and MS in pharmacology from the University of Texas, Austin, and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. A registered pharmacist in Alabama and professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, School of Pharmacy, his research interests included basic pharmacology, weight control products, and ethnopharmacological approaches to natural products. After a distinguished 30 year teaching career at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, Boulder, he and Jennifer, his wife of 30 years, relocated to Gulf Shores in 1992 where they built their dream home in the Ft. Morgan community. He served on the Ft. Morgan Volunteer Fire Department for several years and was a 20 year member of the Ft. Morgan Civic Association.

Although he enjoyed fishing and beach walks, he accepted the call back to teaching and returned to the classroom as a part-time professor for the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care in the College of Allied Health at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. He also was a staff pharmacist and pharmacology consultant at Mobile Infirmary. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama, where he taught biology, chemistry, healthcare management, and physiological psychology.

With his wife, he coauthored the textbook Therapeutic Pharmacology and an herb book, Nature's Medicine Chest: A Sampler, which became a regional best seller. He was also the author of hundreds of scientific and academic monographs, articles, and book reviews that were published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, as well as popular magazines and newspapers. He served on study sections concerning alternative medicine and dietary supplements for the National Institutes of Health and held many leadership positions in pharmacy and scientific professional organizations and associations. He was also the principal investigator for a variety of scientific and educational grants and provided guidance as a pharmacology consultant to the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Appelt received numerous teaching awards from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, including the President's Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Teaching Award, the Students' Choice Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Professor Award. He was also selected as an Outstanding Coloradan in Pharmacy by the University of Colorado, School of Pharmacy. He was listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He was a member of the Unitarian Church and followed the Golden Rule in his daily life.

One of Dr. Appelt’s life-long passions centered around fly-fishing, and he often told stories of the annual pack trips he took in the San Juan Mountains with his pharmacology colleagues. An avid angler, he received honor badges from Field & Stream for the record-setting cutthroat trout he caught in the Flat Top Lakes and the Upper Flint Lakes in Northern Colorado. For the last decade of his life, he divided his time between the beach at Ft. Morgan, Alabama, and the Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado.

Graveside services were held at Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, KY, with the Reverend Stewart Schneider officiating. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the University of Colorado Foundation, For the Glenn D. Appelt, Ph.D., R.Ph. Memorial Fund, c/o Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 12850 E Montview Blvd, C238, Aurora, CO  80045.