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William "Doc" Embler, Jr.

Robert O Crawford III contributed this message on Friday, September 7, 2018:

I am so very sorry to hear of your family�s loss. �Doc� was one of the great positive influences on me during my years at AS and all the years since.
Bob Crawford �

Raleigh, NC
eMail: Bob@crawfordlaw.biz

Gordon Owens contributed this message on Wednesday, September 5, 2018:

So sorry to hear about the loss of Doc. I am a graduate of Asheville School class of 1995 and Doc was a major influence in turning my life around. When I arrived at AS I was what Doc would call a DUD! He was my freshman year advisor and football coach. Both on and off the field he pushed me to be the best that I could be and I am eternally grateful for the effort he put into getting me on the right path in life. He will be sorely missed.

eMail: rgowens4@yahoo.com

Herman Schmid III contributed this message on Saturday, September 1, 2018:

I speak for the Schmid family, including my parents Herman and Donna, and my brother Loren, and also, in memory of my brother Karl, in sending condolences to the family. "Doc" was a true friend and mentor to the Schmid boys when we attended Asheville School. We are but three in his legacy of educating and guiding so many young. Our deepest appreciation.

Winston-Salem, NC
eMail: herman.schmid@gmail.com

David Murphy contributed this message on Saturday, September 1, 2018:

Doc was a great influence in my life . He was one of the great ones. He will be greatly missed.

Fuquay Varina, NC
eMail: Dmurphync59@yahoo.com

J Scot Kirkpatrick contributed this message on Friday, August 31, 2018:

May the good lord hold you especially close during this time.

Atlanta, Georgia
eMail: Scot.kirkpatrick@chamberlainlaw.com

Rob Stevenson contributed this message on Friday, August 31, 2018:

To the Embler Family,

I had the privilege of taking Doc's sophomore biology class and enjoy the enthusiasm he had about his field, particularly his jokes about fruit flies. I so appreciate his commitment to Asheville School and to all of us. He was a remarkable man.

All the best,

Rob Stevenson

West Monroe, LA
eMail: rstev2010@yahoo.com

Gregg Guilford contributed this message on Friday, August 31, 2018:

To the Family,

I am saddened to hear the news of Doc's passing. He was a passionate man and shared this passion for not only education, but living life the right and proper way with all of us students. I write this because Doc is a part of my fabric. I met him the first day at school as the proctor of the meal table. He instructed me the right way to eat my chicken at that very first meal. You see apparently he pointed out that the Queen of England would not pick up her fried chicken with her fingers, so why would I? Well to this day it has been a knife and folk for my chicken! I have shared this story for 4o years with my family and friends each time I have fried chicken and thinking back on that evening often. By the way, he felt the same way about pizza. Yes, I also eat my pizza with a knife and fork. Doc, thanks for setting me straight. Rest in Peace sir......

My deepest condolences, but embrace him in your memories and it will be like he never left. Peace be with each of you. Gregg Guilford, Miami Florida.

Cutler Bay, Fl
eMail: gregg@guilford.me

Janet Marshall contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

Dear Doug & Tina,
I'm so sorry to learn of your father's passing. Although I never knew him, I know how beloved and unforgettable he was at Asheville School. Other than the sadness you are going through right now, I hope that you are both doing well.
Just a year ago my husband's funeral was also held at Anders Rice and they were very kind. I hope they are taking good care of you too.
Blessings and hugs.
Janet Marshall

Weems, VA
eMail: nunnyaj@yahoo.com

Blair Guza contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

I failed Biology during my first year at Asheville School. But for the first time, I had a teacher who taught me to think for myself and not just regurgitate facts. Doc changed how I thought about school and science and a lot of other things. He had a significant influence on my life and he will always be my favorite teacher.

Daniel Island, SC

Matthew M Houde contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

If I had stayed in school a little longer I might find the words to half way do him justice, but it was all downhill after Doc. It was just biology class but he set the bar and laid the path that could take the willing straight through life well accoutered. And the path was good. On the ball field it was more of the same. If all teachers were as good as Doc was we would have no problems here now.
The highly detailed model airplanes in the display case outside biology class and the Citizen watch that tolled the end of class to the second were Doc. Excellence in all things, anything worth doing is worth doing well, and on and on. Hollow corporate catchwords on a mission statement, but with Doc you got the real, living, breathing embodiment of these virtues that could uplift you or snap back like a gator if you were found temporarily lacking.
He was the most revered teacher I have ever had by a long shot and I loved him.

Beaufort, SC
eMail: matthoude@yahoo.com

Stephen Straus contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

The most positive and upbeat faculty member that I knew at Asheville School.

Chapel Hill, NC
eMail: skstraus@developmentalassociates.com

Lunsford Smith contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

One of the giants is gone...RIP Doc.
L.R. Smith '72

Bell Buckle, Tennessee
eMail: lrsmith@webbschool.com

Wayne and Jennifer Garrish and family contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

Enjoyed knowing Doc as a coach and teacher and friend ,warmest regards, Wayne

Ocracoke, NC

Barbara Beard Hansen contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

Dottie, Doug, and Elaine,

How sad it makes me to hear of the passing of such a dear friend, teacher, mentor, shoulder to cry on, banjo player, and just a wonderful human being. My heart goes out to you all during this time. May God comfort you in your loss with the support of good friends and many happy memories. Thank you for sharing this amazing man with all of us in the Asheville School community.

Lafayette, Colorado
eMail: Senj@aol.com

William Ruhl contributed this message on Thursday, August 30, 2018:

I�ll miss you, Doc, but will hold onto fun memories. Please keep watch over all of us �sorry duds� as we bumble through life! Belated hugs to you, and hugs to your family.

Watertown , MA
eMail: will@ruhlstudio.com

Jim Campbell contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

It was a happy coincidence that I experienced time with Doc Embler as a biology student, terrible baseball player and football player during very formative years of my youth at Asheville School. Doc loomed large as an iconic example of the best qualities a man can hope to achieve in his life and made clear to all of us that we should expect nothing less of ourselves and he expected nothing less of us either. I�m proud to think I�m not a �sorry dud� as an adult but I feel most of us still fall short of the incredible example Doc provided by simply living with grace, character, discipline and humanity. I loved Doc Embler and I know many others did too. The genuine appreciation and respect of generations of Asheville School students did not pass with Doc but remain alive and well in all of our hearts. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Embler family at the loss of such a beloved and worthy person.

Jim Campbell
Class of 1986

Hickory, NC
eMail: the.campbells@yahoo.com

CAMPBELL a CLEGG contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

I was saddened to hear of Doc's passing and it lead me to reflect back to my Asheville School days. I loved my time with Doc but my favorite memories are from the baseball field where he would yell out to the outfielders "no agglutination!" Or we would steal home when their catcher started being lazy with his toss back to the pitcher. He had a twinkle in his eye. It was such fun.

BRUNSWICK, ME

Sarah Anna Thomason Zmick contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Dear Dottie, Elaine and family,
Like many Asheville School students, Doc is an indelible part of my Asheville School experience. He encouraged us to be our best selves, delivering his gentle teasing with a twinkle in his eye. I can remember vividly my days in his classroom and lab!
He will be remembered by legions of students who were influenced by his ineffable style and unwavering commitment to his craft.
With sympathy for your loss,
Sarah, Class of '82

Crozet, VA
eMail: szmick@gmail.com

Carla Fletcher Lee contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will always have fond memories of Doc Embler and his true commitment to education.

DAYTON, OH
eMail: ctlee5@att.net

Wes Hall Hall And Wrye Plastic Surgery contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Greatest professor I ever had. Greatest.
Ever. And I've had a lot of good ones. My children quote Doc because of the genuinely undying wisdom that he imparted and I have passed on to them. Asheville school was great for many reasons, but William Embler is at the top.

RENO, NV
eMail: renoplastics@yahoo.com

Harlan contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Good man,good teacher the being of many ripples the made my career.
My thoughts and prayers may the lord grant you peace and to your family comfort in knowing he is in his grace.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
eMail: wright_h@sbcglobal.net

Patricia Lees contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

With deep regrets for a wonderful life well lived. Doc was truly a wonderful human being. He will be long remembered and greatly missed. Those of us, whose lives he touched, are grateful to have known him.

Knoxville, TN
eMail: patricialees12@gmail.com

Hunter and Eva Gourley and Family contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Peace and Love to the family.
And to Doc:
May the Big League Ball players relearn the science and the art of wearing their pants and socks properly! Just like you taught us to do: Play Ball!

Charlotte, NC
eMail: hunter.gourley@gmail.com

Mary Rankin Vowell contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

�Doc� Embler was one of those rare educators you can never forget. I always remember his high standards for learning and dress code (No clip-on ties!). My sincere condolences to Mrs. Embler and classmates Elaine and Doug.

Wahiawa, HI
eMail: joelvowell@aol.com

John Collias contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Doc,
You were so much more than my teacher. You always gave me a feeling of self worth. You always gave me a feeling of love. I carry that to this day. I have never forgotten all of our talks.

Thank You Doc and I love you,

Dr. John C Collias

Miramar Beach, FL
eMail: tailslide2000@hotmail.com

Steve Levin contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Dear Emblers,

I'm so sorry to hear of Doc's passing. What a wonderful man to be in my life during such a critical time -- a boy's teen years.

Even though I'm in my sixties now, I can still hear Doc saying to me, "Son, what're you waiting for? Get to business!"

To be assigned to his table for meals was such a relief compared to some of the other faculty. It was like being with family, and for a teen living away from home, that was no small thing.

Doc was unashamedly real and honest, a model for boys searching for character and personality.

I hope you find comfort in your memories of him.

Sonoma, CA
eMail: stevelevin@rocketmail.com

James Maddox contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

The Asheville School community has lost one of its great teachers and personalities. At school I don't think I ever reached even "sorry dud" status. Years later when our paths crossed again, we both found a new level of mutual admiration and respect. I owe him a lot...my interest in science and to some extent my career path. I feel blessed to have known him. God's speed old friend.

Asheville, NC
eMail: jhmdds@aol.com

Frannie Doloboff Miller contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

I have the most wonderful memories of Doc Embler-- I was a tiny girl of 15 and got lost on the way to his biology class. At first I was startled by his very "booming" voice, but when I looked at him, I saw kindness in his blue eyes. I hope your own memories will comfort you, and I am sending my deepest sympathy.

Johnson City, Tennessee
eMail: millerf@etsu.edu

Hadley Brandt '79 contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

'Doc' was such and inspiration and gave me many lifelong skills that I have passed on to my Sons and Daughter. My heart goes out to you for your loss and you are all in my prayers.

eMail: hpbrandt@me.com

Gene Joyce contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Doc was one of a kind. There is no doubt that myself and countless others have benefited greatly from the passion he had for teaching. Doc will be remembered as one of the great professors of The Asheville School. His family should know that Doc left a legacy at the school and in the community that won't be forgotten. I consider myself blessed to have been able to spend time as his student in the classroom and on the football field.

Texarkana, Texas
eMail: genejoyce2900@msn.com

Sara Randall contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

An amazing teacher, friend and mentor. Doc was my favorite. He taught me the only constant is change. Words that have served me well through life.
To his family: I am sorry for your loss, it is great one. Know wonderful memories fill the hearts and minds of so many of us.
With Love,
Sara

Tallahassee, FL
eMail: rmac.sara@gmail.com

Thomas Brooks contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Doc will be missed by all. His dedication to family, his students and his sharp focus on what was important has stood as a fine example in my life that I follow to this day.

Doc is one of my personal heroes.

I strive every day to follow his example.

I will miss him dearly.

Atlanta, GA
eMail: tbrooks@southpointgrp.com

Michael Alley contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Doc Embler was one of the finest teachers in all my years of schooling and college. His Socratic teaching style, his passion for biology, and his genuine love of students (often a tough love) have shaped my own teaching style. No doubt, his influence on his many students runs deep--and for those of us who teach, no doubt his influence affects our students as well.

State College, Pennsylvania
eMail: mpa13@psu.edu

Jane Hutton Haynes contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Dear Dottie, Elaine and Doug,

I am heartbroken to hear that about Doc. He was such an influence on me - much more about character than academics...Please hold him close in your memories as all of us will. I hope that the outpouring of love and respect from so many will warm your hearts and help you in this hard time. He will be missed. I am a better person for knowing him.

Love, Jane (PJ)

Glen Ellyn, IL
eMail: Janehhaynes@gmail.com

Geoffrey Gordon-Creed contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

My sincere condolences to the Embler family. Doc was a true friend and mentor to me as well as a terrific teacher. I took both his regular and advanced biology classes, and as a result developed an interest in and passion for science that continues today. Doc enjoyed teaching and he was genuinely fond of and interested in his students. He was endlessly curious, and he encouraged us to be the same. He had a great sense of humor and you knew, regardless of whether he referred to you on any given day as �a gentleman and a scholar� or �a sorry dud� that he cared about you as a student and a person.

San Francisco, CA
eMail: Geoffrgc63@gmail.com

Georgina contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

All the Moore family will miss Doc. Doc taught me to question everything. Never say in his class,�The book states...� Doc loved his oatmeal treats and I loved his well rounded lifestyle from teaching to music. He even showed me a script way to write my name I still use to this day.

Asheville, Nc

Tad DeBerry contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Mrs. Embler, Elaine, and Doug, Doc was one of the defining characters of my life. Character is a great way to describe him! I have missed him during his illness and will miss him even more now knowing he is gone. You are in our prayers. Tad, Barbara, Kate and Eleanor

Durham, NC
eMail: adawccpi@aol.com

David S.Brollier '71 contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

A great mentor...will be missed

Houston, Texas
eMail: david.s.brollier@rbc.com

Dan Murphy contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

I was a student in Doc's Honors Biology class (possibly known as Advanced Biology, my memory fails me) during the school year 1977-78. My greatest hope during that year was that I might become a member of the Royal and Lucky Order of Aces (R.L.O.A.) by achieving a perfect score of 100 on one of his tests. One day as he was handing out graded tests he announced that indeed someone had just become a member of the R.L.O.A., and I was absolutely certain that it was I. As he approached my desk his voice rose and he said "Murphy...it isn't you!" I was crushed, my best chance gone. I truly did feel like a "sorry dud"! He was without question one of the greatest teachers and men I was ever fortunate enough to experience, and will forever be one the great pillars of Asheville School. My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Doug and Elaine, both of whom I was also privileged to know.

Dan Murphy
Class of 1980

Tampa, FL
eMail: tampadan2468@gmail.com

Rich Grant contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

RIP Doc. You were a major influence on me. I remember 1971/1972 we lovingly called your son Nemrod. Thinking it a joke, I came to know the appellation to mean Brave Hunter. Blessings.

Land o lakes, Fl
eMail: Richgrant@kw.com

John Warren contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

Rest well sir. John W. Warren, Class of 1966, The Asheville School

Winchester, VA
eMail: johnwarrenassociates@gmail.com

Sandy Paderewski contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

My Deepest Sympathies.

Doc was a special person. He will be truly missed. I wish I could put into words what Doc meant to me. I can only say that I was fortunate to have him in my life.

Love

Sandy

Sarasota, FL
eMail: agp@pdfattorneys.com

Andrew Lownie contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

I was an ESU Exchange student in 1981 and remember Doc with great affection. Always well-dressed and fun and a great teacher. I send my condolences.

LONDON, Greater London
eMail: lownie@globalnet.co.uk

pat & donna james contributed this message on Wednesday, August 29, 2018:

The memories of sharing the baseball field, chats about baseball, teaching the fundamentals of baseball with Doc are "priceless". He is a man of character who left his imprint on many people. Thank you Doc for touching us all and adding so much to our lives.

Donna and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Colorado Springs, Colorado
eMail: pjbase22@charter.net

Jim Eberts contributed this message on Tuesday, August 28, 2018:

Loved and respected Doc. This may no be politcally correct tnese days, however, my first recolection upon seeing his obit, was how accurte he was with a blackboard eraser. Never the target, though I witnessed a good one. Happy to have been the Prefect on his floor in 75-76. A good man and mentor.

Burton Milnor contributed this message on Tuesday, August 28, 2018:

What a phenomenal man. He was such an integral part of my time at Asheville School and was one of the main teachers I looked forward to seeing at Christ School Weekend after I graduated. The number of lives touched by Doc is impressive. So many memories from so many people. We can all only hope to be half the man he was. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

DeRidder, Louisiana
eMail: Burton.h.milnor@gmail.com

Karl Koon & Family contributed this message on Tuesday, August 28, 2018:

Doc was a friend even more so after I left Asheville School. Great teacher and mentor.

Asheville, NC

Adam O'Neil contributed this message on Monday, August 27, 2018:

So sorry for your loss. Doc remains one of my favorite teachers. With humor, he got me to think critically about religion, and I am forever grateful. Much love, Adam

Travelers Rest, SC
eMail: adamosoftware@gmail.com

Dev Sethi contributed this message on Monday, August 27, 2018:

Doc's clear voice still sounds in my head, especially as my own kids approach the age I was when he met me. Doc made a profound and positive impact on a generation, and I am lucky to be in that number.
May his memory be a blessing. Peace.

Dev Sethi
Asheville School
Class of 1990

Tucson, AZ
eMail: dsethi@azinjurylaw.com

Brenda & Ronnie Robinson contributed this message on Monday, August 27, 2018:

So sad to hear this. I worked several years with Bill. He was a very intelligent man and enjoyed listening to him talking about his years of teaching and adventures. Prayers to the family.

Candler, NC
eMail: fritzdooby@gmail.com

Bruce Robinson contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

Dear Bob, Sorry to hear about your brother passing away. You and your family will most definitely be in my prayers and thoughts. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for anyone. God bless you always. Sincerely, Bruce Robinson

Weaverville, North Carolina
eMail: Rohorobinson@aol.com

Mary L. Gillum contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

What a great loss. We taught together for years, and I enjoyed all of my time with him. My condolences are with you.

Love,
Mary Lou

Asheville, North Carolina
eMail: gillumm@charter.net

Elizabeth Autry contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

I am so sad of the passing of my Uncle Bill. He was a great man and has touched my life in so many ways and am proud to have been his niece. To my Aunt Dottie and Elaine and Doug, my heart goes out to all of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know all to well its hard to lose a parent. Love to all of you Elizabeth

Weaverville, NC
eMail: eautry7547@aol.com

W. Ashworth contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

�Doc� matched the description, at Psalm 90:10, of those who reach 80 years of age as being �especially strong.� However, our loving Creator wants us to live forever here on earth. (Psalm 37:29) Soon, that desire will become a reality when sickness and death are eliminated. (Revelation 21:4) Until that time, we can continue to cherish the fond memories we have of our loved ones now sleeping in death.

eMail: wbashworth@hotmail.com

John Dalton contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

Doc was a great man and made me a better student and a better person. I am lucky that my life included Doc Embler.

Auburndale, Massachusetts
eMail: jdalton@yahoo.com

Charlie Moore contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

My condolences to Doc's family and friends. He touched so many people in a positive way in his 82 years on this earth. He will be missed.

Glen Allen, VA
eMail: cdmgmm@hotmail.com

Ann Weaver contributed this message on Sunday, August 26, 2018:

Doc was one fine man, and will be missed by so many. I am a better person because of him and my heartfelt prayers are with all the family. I will never forget Doc.

Raleigh, NC
eMail: mannweaver@yahoo.com

Chappell Carter contributed this message on Saturday, August 25, 2018:

Doc was first and foremost, one of my role models at Asheville School. He was also my teacher, coach, and trusted advisor. He helped me navigate the slippery slopes of adolescence and the high school years. I was, in his own vernacular, a gentleman and a scholar as well as a sorry dud oftentimes in the same sentence. He was always there for sage advice and a kind word.

Doc will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to him as well as his wonderful family, Dottie, Elaine & Steve, and Doug, Tina and Hunter.

Asheville , North Carolina