Herschel Caldwell, died Sunday night at Hillcrest Convalescent Center on her 103rd birthday.DURHAM, N.C. – Anita Mitchell Caldwell, a resident of Durham and widow of Duke Athletics Hall of Fame member
Born on April 24, 1908 in Letohatchee, Ala., Mrs. Caldwell was a graduate of the University of Alabama. She missed just two Duke home football games in 77 years, both in 2010.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Caldwell,” said Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe. “She was a member of the Duke football family in the truest sense. To miss just two home games over a span of nearly eight decades is absolutely remarkable. While she will be greatly missed, we are thankful for her years of unwavering dedication to Duke University.”
Herschel Caldwell was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 after serving 41 seasons as an assistant football coach from 1930-71. He helped the Blue Devils to post-season play in the Rose (1939 & 1942), Sugar (1945), Orange (1955 & 1958) and Cotton (1961) Bowl games, and also coached Duke’s freshman baseball, basketball and football squads during his tenure.
Mrs. Caldwell is survived by her devoted and loving children, Herschel A. Caldwell and wife, Mary John of Durham, and Carol Caldwell Venters of Hubert. Other survivors include her four beloved grandchildren, Lara Venters Raban and husband, Gerry of Albuquerque, NM, Anita Gayle Venters Swayne and husband, David of Winston-Salem, Lee Wade Caldwell and James Best Caldwell, both of Wilmington; five great-grandchildren, Karl, Lindsay, and Billy Raban and Katie and Bradley Swayne.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Good Samaritan Fund, c/o Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, N.C., 27701 or to The Discretionary Fund, c/o Father Bert Eaton, St. Peters by the Sea, P.O. Box 337 Swansboro, N.C., 28584.