Guilford icon Stuart "Rock" Maynard dies at 94
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Gary York ’65 Remembers Stuart Maynard
Stuart “Rock” Maynard ’43 retired from Guilford College in 1984 after 33 years as a coach, teacher and mentor. His leadership inspired countless members of the Guilford community, and continues to do so even after his death April 3 at the age of 94.
Former trustee Gary York shares a few of his memories:
Coach Maynard became my mentor during fall football in August of 1961. I was drawn to his encouragement and pats-on-the-back. I found myself giving my all-time best.
However, the fear of failing, homesickness, academic rigors and the realities of college football contributed to thoughts of quitting and going home. Standing with several freshman teammates near the gym, Coach stopped by and gave us his customary handshake and big smile.
He put his arm around my shoulder, gave me a big hug, and said, “York, you are tough. I really like you and there will always be a position on our team for you. Things are hard now but it will get better. We go to Elon Saturday night and you’ll get to play. Stick it out! You need Guilford and Guilford needs you. You are my kind of guy.”
Needless to say my courage and confidence rose to the sky. After supper I unpacked my suitcase and never looked back. Coach changed my life – possibly saved it. He’s my role model and hero!
I’ll also cherish the memory of kindness he gave at the end of my visits to see him and wife Ruth. He would always walk with me to my truck, stand by the window and thank me for coming. It was his way of extending his right hand of fellowship, friendship and love.
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