Lawrence Edward Horine, ED.D.



Dr. Richard D. Howe, “Lawrence Edward Horine, ED.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed June 19, 2024,

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Lawrence Edward Horine, ED.D.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Richard D. Howe




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Lawrence (Larry) Edward Horine (March 4, 1931-), was born in Colon, Republic of Panama, the youngest of five children of Ester May Conrad and George Carlton Horine. Since he had been in the milk and ice cream production business with his family in Reading, Pennsylvania, George was employed by the Panama Canal Company to design and operate the first ice cream and pasturized-milk factory in the Panama Canal Zone. Horine graduated from Cristobal High School in New Cristobal, Panama, in 1949. He attended Colorado University, Boulder, Colorado, where he earned his B.S. degree (1953), M.A. degree (1956), and Ed.D. degree (1966). An enrollee in the Reserved Officers' Training Corps, Horine was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. While attending Colorado University, he lettered all four years in football as a defensive back and place kicker; he also earned letters, in each of three years, as a baseball outfielder and as a shot putter. Following graduation, Horine played one season of professional baseball and then served two years in the Air Force in Puerto Rico. He also played briefly in the National Foot-ball League with the San Francisco 49ers. Horine married Mary Ellen Stacy (February 19, 1932-) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 5, 1954, in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Mary Horine is the oldest child of Colonel Sherwood J. Stacy and Mary Almeda (Kennedy) Stacy. The Horines have three children. Stace E. (February 12, 1962-), was born in Balboa, Canal Zone. He earned his B.S. degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a B.S. degree and M.A. degree in biology from Appalachian State University, and a D.O. degree from the College of Osteopathy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Stace Horine is a board-certified physician of emergency medicine at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. He is married to the former Sheila Woodson, and the couple has three daughters, Mattie, Katherine, and Hannah. Larry Sherwood graduated from Appalachian State, where he specialized in biology. He earned his D.O. degree at Western Virginia College of Osteopathy in Lewisburg. He practiced as an emergency room physician in Virginia, California, and at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone, North Carolina. He married Joan Gray, and the couple had two boys, Zachery and Joshua. Sherwood was killed in 1998, while training for a mountain bicycle race. Joan and the boys reside in Boone. Mary Sheryl earned her B.S. degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a M.Ph. degree from Boston University. She worked as an epidemiologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health in Boston for a decade. Mary Sheryl is currently living in Boone, North Carolina and teaching part-time at Appalachian State University. She has a daughter, Grace, and twin boys, Cole and Carlton. Dr. Horine began his career as a teacher and coach of football, basketball, and track and field at Cheyenne Wells High School in Colorado (1953). Following his service in the Air Force and graduate work, he returned to teach health and physical education and to coach football and baseball at Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone from 1957 to 1960. He was promoted to supervising director of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics for the Panama Canal Zone in 1961, and he continued in this position until 1968, when he accepted an appointment at Appalachian State University. Dr. Horine came to Appalachian State as an associate professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education, where he primarily taught health education courses. He was promoted to professor and appointed chair of the department in 1969, and he served in that capacity for ten years. During the period, new majors in health and recreation, a minor in athletics coaching, and a non-teaching master's in health and physical education were established. Also, required teacher evaluation for all personnel in the department was originated. Horine taught full-time in the department from 1979 to 1986. Horine was the founder of the first Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in a rural setting in North Carolina. While he taught a variety of courses, his primary areas were emergency care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as graduate courses in sport management, such as sports law and administration in physical education and athletics. He received grants to travel three times to Cochabamba, Bolivia and once each to Lima, Peru; Asuncion, Paraguay; and Aruba. In 1986, Dr. Horine was appointed to the position of director of International Studies and served in this capacity until 1992. During this period, student and faculty exchanges expanded from one in China to those in Germany, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Russia. Appalachian State was admitted to the International Student Exchange Program, which allowed students to attend one hundred foreign universities for the same cost as attending Appalachian State. Summer study-abroad trips for students were greatly increased. Also, funding for Appalachian State faculty to study a foreign language during the summer was established. During this period, Dr. Horine traveled widely, investigating new exchange locations, and was awarded several travel grants, including three from the United States Sports Academy, to travel around the world teaching one-week certificate courses in sports facility design. Along with the Sports Academy grants, Horine was given one from the British Council on Higher Education, enabling him to visit several major institutions in England and Scotland. He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study German higher education. In the fall of 1992, Horine resigned from the position of director of International Studies so that he would be eligible to accept an assignment as a visiting professor to the National University of Costa Rica in Heredia. During his years at Appalachian State, Horine served on a number of committees, councils, and task forces. He was a life member and fellow in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and his council service included being chair of the Council on Facilities and Equipment. Dr. Horine was a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles in regional, national and international refereed journals. He also authored several chapters in books, among them Sport and Physical Education Around the World, Public Relations in Sport, and in 1999, a chapter on "Winter Sport Facilities" in Facility Planning for Physical Activity and Sport. In addition, in September 2004, Horine published the fifth edition of his nationally recognized textbook, Administration of Physical Education and Sport Programs. In 2006, this textbook was released in Chinese. Dr. Horine's avocational interests are wide ranging. For three decades, he jogged daily and competed in many long-distance races, including the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, District of Columbia; the Philadelphia Marathon, and the Charlotte Marathon. In the last decade, because of ailing knees, he switched first to senior swimming competition, in which he set several state records and placed in the top ten in national meets. In recent years, he has concentrated on senior and master's track and field competition, setting state and many meet records in the shot putt, discus, and javelin. He has won 11 national championships in these events, in his age group. He lifts weights every other day year-round and engages in some form of aerobic exercise every day for at least forty-five minutes. For many years, Dr. Horine has been very active in winter sports. He completed thirty-seven years on the National Ski Patrol in 1999 and has skied in a variety of areas in Colorado, California, New England, Europe, and in South America. In 1989, he was the founding director of the High Country Senior Games and served in that capacity for several years. His quieter activities are reading and gardening. Horine has served on several community committees, including the board of directors of the American Red Cross, the Greenway Committee, and the Watauga County Task Force for Recreation Facilities. Dr. Mary Ellen Horine retired from the Watauga County schools in 1994, after serving in several administrative positions. In recent years, she has joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to supervise student teachers. She has directed the local Weight Watchers programs for many years. Both Horines travel extensively overseas. They enjoy the company of their Yorkie dog, Max, and spend as much quality time as possible with their eight grandchildren. Source: Appalachian State University files and long association. -Dr. Richard D. Howe

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