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Edgar Glynn Abel: Spotlight on Former Athlete – photos included

Edgar Glynn Abel:  Spotlight on Former Athlete (photos included)

Click on the Spotlight on Former Athlete banner on the right of the AN News Box and be taken to the profile of Edgar Glynn Abel, a three-sport letterman during the late 1930s and named a little All-American in 1938.   Abel went on to serve as the university’s Dean of Men from 1945-1969.  He joined the UL staff as assistant dean of men in 1939, leaving that position to serve as a naval officer during World War II.  


Glynn Abel Living Memorial Established by the Athletic Network

Please email your fond memores, stories, etc. about Glynn Abel 
to the Athletic Network at athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu  Please include your email address or other contact information.  These will be placed in his profile on the Athletic Network website as they are received.

Abel is credited for playing a leadership role in the peaceful integration of the university in the mid-1950s. He was a strong supporter of the minor sports at UL, including weightlifting and tennis.  Abel was the winner of the Lafayette Civic Cup in 1989.


Sid Ory "Mr. Ragin’ Cajun" and Glynn Abel
Courtesy Buddy Short, Friend & Neighbor

Athletic  Network Footnote:  Buddy Short wrote about one of his fond memories of Dean Abel on March 22, 2008 (the date of Abel’s passing) entitled, "Goodbye Old Friend." The anecdote, complete with supporting pictures of the flowers are found in the AN News story on Abel.  It will later be moved to the History of UL Athletics link, in the Lagniappe page.


Abel, Lowry, and Ory arrive at the first 2002 home football game courtesy of Bob Fornet’s Taxi service
Courtesy Athletic Network at www.athleticnetwork.net

He was a life-long avid supporter of UL and would often be seen at university events.

Warren Perrin, Glynn Abel, George Weatherford at 2006 Ragin’ Cajuns Lettermen’s Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Courtesy Athletic Network by Blaine Faul for Ragin’ Cajuns Lettermen’s Club and Alumni Association

The Athletic Network is honored to place the Spotlight on Former Athlete on Edgar Glynn Abel.

Note:  The Photo Gallery (left side of home page) at http://www.athleticnetwork.net  contains over 7,500 pictures of former and current athletes and support groups. Just point and click to view teams by years.  One click on the thumbnail picture and it is enlarged; a click on the enlarged photo and you are back to the thumbnail. 

The AN seeks to add pictures of each team for each year they represented the university.

The stories of the 2007 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athlete" have been placed in the Lagniappe link of the "History of UL Athletics" and also added to their profiles. 


The 2008 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athlete" include:
January – Alvin Dark  Football, ’43; Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Track, ’44; Coaches, 1947.
February – Alyson Habetz  Women’s Basketball 1991-95 and Softball, 1991-94.
March – Ron Guidry  Baseball 1968-70.
April – Edgar Glynn Abel  Baseball 1939, Track & Field 1937-39, Football 1937-39.