Robert L. Likens

Class of 1927 / Inducted 1972 - Charter Member / Men's Basketball

Robert L. Likens is a native of Maitland, Florida. Likens was a standout on the baseball diamond, earning him induction into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in its charter year, 1972. His son, Robert Likens III, was inducted in 1986, resulting in the first father-son combination in the E&H Sports Hall of Fame.

Likens was an all-star baseball player for the Wasps in the 1920s. Aside from his athletic experience, Likens was also a member of Phi Pi social fraternity and the Calliopean Literary Society. He served as president of the Monogram Club and of the senior class.

Likens served as a Junior High Principal for 29 years and was awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award. At Milwee Middle School in Longwood, Florida, the Robert L. Likens National Honor Society was organized in his honor.

Likens was active in a variety of business and civic activities, including chairman of the Board of Stewards for Coalwood Community Church and chairman of the textbook committee for McDowell County for two years. He was a scoutmaster for 25 years and was a recipient of the Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America.

Robert L. Likens passed away due to heart failure on December 21, 2000 at the age 95.