Dick Westervelt, a long-time member of the Stetson Hatters family passed away earlier this week and he will be missed by many. Westervelt was the "Voice of the Hatters" for 53 years broadcasting basketball and baseball games until 2005. He also did the play-by-play for local minor league baseball as well as Deland High School.
Away from the field and the court Westervelt worked for WJBS Radio as a sports director, administrative assistant, news director and general manager. He then worked as sports editor for the DeLand Sun News for several years before taking a position with the DeLand Savings and Loan.
In the early 80's Westervelt joined the Stetson athletics department as ticket manager and director of sports promotions. He then took over the sports information office, as well as responsibility for the university's athletics budgets in 1985. After three years as SID he stepped aside to allow his assistant (current Atlantic Sun Conference commissioner) Ted Gumbart to take the helm. He remained as an assistant with the responsibility as SID for baseball.
Up until his passing Westervelt assisted with Stetson's Dugout Club and was the editor of the baseball team newsletter. He and his wife Wilda could be seen at most home baseball games in their regular seats behind home plate.
There has never been a person more dedicated to Stetson athletics than Dick Westervelt. He was, and always will be a true Hatter.