January 1, 1939 ~ May 23, 2021
Born in: St. Louis, MO
Resided in: Arden, NC
Dr. Hugh Kenneth Himan, 82, of Asheville, passed away peacefully at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center.
Hugh spent his childhood in Danville IL, graduating from Danville High School, where he lettered in 3 varsity sports; basketball, baseball and football all four years. While playing baseball at Miami of Ohio he earned a bachelors and Masters degree in Economics. From there, he completed his education with a PhD from The University of Illinois from 1962-1965.
From 1965-1972, Hugh was a professor of Economics at Wake Forest University. He moved to Asheville to teach at Warren Wilson College. While at Warren Wilson College, he started the baseball program and was the head coach from 1975-1984. He was a beloved coach and teacher. In 2012 he was inducted into the inaugural Warren Wilson Hall of Fame.
Hugh delivered for Meals on Wheels as well as volunteered for Hospice from 2005-2013. He was also a Friend of Bill’s for 43 years.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Himan; his children, Kim Merrill and Brock Himan (Cathy) and his grandchildren, Sam and Rory Merrill, Fletcher, Hugh and Cooper Himan; his brother, Dennis Himan and his step-children, Lynn Bowers and Chris Sugg.
A celebration of his life will be held on July 17 at Walnut Cove Tavern, 3 Cliffs Ridge Parkway, Arden, NC 28704 from 2-4 PM.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County or WNC Bridge Foundation (formerly CarePartners Foundation).
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.