Charlotte Lewis Piper
Who brought honor to Baker University through her individual athletic achievements, as a teacher, coach and through her life-long advocacy for and leadership in the areas of health, physical fitness and recreation
Charlotte graduated from Baker in 1943 as a member of Delta Delta Delta with a degree in Physical Education. During her career she also earned a M.A. Degree at the University of New Mexico and completed post-graduate study at New York University. She was presented with an honorary Doctorate from Baker in 1978.Charlotte’s life passion was athletics, physical fitness and recreation. As the founder and first coach in the sport of swimming at the University of New Mexico she brought that program to national prominence while at the same time championing the cause of women’s sports throughout the country. She spent 32 years in formal service to UNM and was inducted into that school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Many of her years there were served as that University’s Athletic Department Chair and in additional positions too numerous to list individually.
During her career she additionally served in positions of importance locally in New Mexico and nationally including: Coordinator of the Pan American Training camp and as a Liaison to the United States Collegiate Sports Council, the National AAU and to the United States Olympic Swimming Committee. She served as a Delegate to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and served as a member of the United States Swimming Team from 1973-1976. As a member of the US Olympic Committee for swimming she was honored in “Salute to the Olympians”.
She was widely sought as a speaker both nationally and internationally, she completed original research in the area of track and field and authored the Official Swimming and Diving Rules for NAGWS.
A member of numerous professional associations and active in volunteer activities she still found time to be a loving mother to three children, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and as a loving wife to her husband, John. A celebration of her life attended by nearly 400 individuals was held on June 18, 2009 in Colorado.