Herman Eggers attending the dedication ceremony of Eggers Hall in 1971.
The Eggers Hall dormitory is the namesake of notable brothers that were faculty members of Appalachian State University. Graydon Poe Eggers was an English professor at the university from 1927 until 1970 and was the school’s first football coach in 1928. His brother Herman Roland Eggers became the university’s registrar in 1933, later holding titles such as Registrar Emeritus and Dean of Student Affairs. Eggers Hall was built and dedicated to the brothers in 1971. Together the brothers invested over 90 years of experience in education to Appalachian State University.
Graydon Eggers was born on 1903 in Watauga County, with Herman following a few years later. Graydon left Boone in pursuit of education, bringing him to Duke University. After his time there he came back to Boone and taught English at Appalachian State University, while also holding extracurricular positions on the football and basketball teams respectively for one season each. He also is the writer of the GraydonEggers Manuscript, which contains his translation of King James I of Scotland’s Kingis Quair. His brother Herman is known as a musician as well as an administrator, with his performances being available in the W. Amos Abrams Folksong Collection here. Herman Eggers was also a professor, teaching Grammar Grade Education in 1929. Together the brothers invested almost eighty years into education, witnessing the change from Appalachian State Teachers College to Appalachian State University. He continued his service fifty years later as Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Registrar Emeritus in 1979.
The brothers attended the dedication ceremony together when the dormitory was opened in 1971, Herman Eggers is pictured speaking at the event. The university’s dedication to Graydon and Herman Eggers is a testament to their importance to the history and growth of the educational institution. Eggers Residential Hall houses students as a woman’s dormitory.