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Longtime lacrosse umpire and multi-sport standout Stegmuller (Temple, Glen-Nor High) passes away at 87

Tuesday, 27th April 2010

Categories Features, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/27/10
From Press Releases

Agnes L. “Aggie” Stegmuller, a four-sport athlete at Temple University who graduated from the former Glen-Nor High (now Interboro) and was inducted into the Philadelphia Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002, passed away Sunday at the age of 87.

Ms. Stegmuller, a member of the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame, played badminton, basketball, field hockey and softball during her brilliant college career. After college she picked up the sport of lacrosse while playing games in the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Association and also spent 47 years as an umpire, earning recognition at all levels as a highly-respected official. She also served as a mentor to young and new lacrosse umpires.

Ms. Stegmuller was also a successful official in field hockey, swimming, basketball, track and softball.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of an All-America on the playing fields and in life,” Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw said. “Aggie was one of the most recognizable faces of Temple women’s athletics over the last half century. Her presence will sorely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this time.”

Ms. Stegmuller, who earned two Temple degrees, received the Conwell Society Award at the University’s annual Conwell Recognition Dinner in 2001. The award recognizes Temple’s most generous and loyal friends and alumni.

An avid supporter of Temple sports, Stegmuller earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and biological science from Temple in 1945 and her master’s degree in psychology and educational administration in 1948.

Ms. Stegmuller endowed a scholarship for kinesiology students and contributed annually to the Owl Club in support of student-athletes.

Additionally, she had served as president of the Women’s Athletic Club, as a member of the Board of Trustees’ Athletic Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Owl Club. She also had received the Certificate of Honor and the F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Inspiration Award from the University’s General Alumni Association.

Ms. Stegmuller served on the Board of Directors in Temple’s College of Education and as a student teaching supervisor.

In June 2000, a “star” dressing room was named in her honor at Temple’s Liacouras Center.

A staunch advocate for the advancement of women’s sports, Ms. Stegmuller had been involved in education for more than 48 years, serving as a teacher, coach, athletic director and department head at John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia.

While coaching field hockey, gymnastics, lacrosse, tennis, badminton and bowling, she also found time to officiate at the high school, collegiate and international levels—and to serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The Clifton Heights resident also had been inducted into the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame and had received honor awards from the American and Pennsylvania Associations for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

She also received the Secher Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership.

Active as an official in five sports, Ms. Stegmuller volunteered her time as a mentor to new officials and organized international exchange opportunities for Philadelphia high school athletes.

Arrangements will follow.

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