Louis Appell Jr.
1924 - 2016
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Louis J. Appell, Jr.
June 19, 1924 - June 27, 2016
York Township
Louis J. Appell, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 27, 2016 at 6:45pm. Born on June 19, 1924, in the original York Hospital located on West College Avenue, he was the son of the late Louis J. Appell, Sr. and the late Helen (Pfaltzgraff) Appell, and the husband of Josephine (Schmidt) Appell. He was formerly married to the late Helen Fox Appell.
Mr. Appell attended York Collegiate Institute, graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, and Harvard College, class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.
Upon discharge from the Navy, he joined the family company, and in 1951 became President and CEO of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co., ultimately becoming company Chairman, a position he held until the company was sold in 2006. At his death, he was Chairman of the Powder Mill Foundation.
Known equally for his business and civic involvement, Mr. Appell was a founding director of numerous local and statewide organizations, including: 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Preservation Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA); Better York, Inc.; South George Street Community Partnership; Agricultural and Industrial Museum; Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area; Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County; and the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center and the Strand-Capitol Foundation.
He served as an officer or board member of the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable (Harrisburg, PA); Pennsylvanians for Effective Government (Harrisburg, PA), the York County Community Foundation; York College of Pennsylvania; the Historical Society of York County (now the York County Heritage Trust); Manufacturers' Association of York County; York Symphony Association; United Way of York County; York Hospital, and as Chairman of the York County 250th Anniversary Commission. He also served as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Cambridge, MA.
He formerly served as Corporate Director of: Continental Bancorp (Philadelphia, PA); General Public Utilities (Parsippany, NJ); Donsco (Wrightsville, PA); Dentsply International (York, PA); Precision Components Corporation (York, PA); York Bank & Trust Company (now M&T Bank) and the Yorktowne Hotel Corp.
Mr. Appell was the recipient of an Honorary Degree from York College of Pennsylvania; the Harvard Medal for service to Harvard University; the F. Otto Haas Award for Pennsylvania Preservationist of the Year; the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania Award; the Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award from the Pennsylvania Society; the Distinguished Citizen Award from the York/Adams Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and with his wife, the 2013 honorees of the York County Community Foundation Donor Appreciation Event.
Throughout his life, Mr. Appell's special interest was the City of York, in particular its downtown, center city core. During his leadership, Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff built the City's two premier office buildings, 96 South George and the Susquehanna Commerce Center, as well as rehabilitating many downtown homes and office buildings. Individually, he participated in the restoration of a large number of center city structures. He played a leading role in the construction of the baseball stadium and the Marketview Arts building. He led the committee that was responsible for the Murals of York.
Mr. Appell was a compassionate man with a strong sense of tradition and righteous action, who cared deeply for the education of all youth and embodying for them important values. He was a tremendous influence on innumerable individuals and a role model and mentor for a great many young leaders of the community today.
In his personal life, he had a passion for gardening, music and all the performing and fine arts. He will be lovingly remembered for his wit, generosity, reflective and philosophical nature as well as his visionary spirit and love for beauty.
Preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara, he is survived by his wife, Josephine; son, Louis J. Appell, III, and his wife, Chandra, of San Diego, CA; his daughter, Helen Fox Appell, II, of Portland, OR; his stepchildren, Jay Davidson, and his wife, Louise, of San Diego, CA; David Davidson, and his wife, Linda, of York, PA; Susan D. Linton, and her husband, John, of York, PA; and several step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Helen P. Norton, of Harpswell, ME; a brother, George N. Appell of Phillips, ME, and six nieces. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law Walter M. Norton, and sister-in-law Laura W.R. Appell.
A private service will be held this weekend. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York is in charge of arrangements.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Fund for York County at the York County Community Foundation, Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York County Heritage Trust, York Symphony Orchestra, the Farm and Natural Lands Trust or to a favorite charity.

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Published in York Daily Record on Jun. 30, 2016.
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December 15, 2016
Rest in peace my friend!
August 16, 2016
I just recently learned of the passing of this beautiful man. Louis served on the Board of GPU when my husband was chair. We had many good times with Louis and Jody and always kept in touch. I was delighted to be invited to spend some time with them last year at their beautiful home. It was an experience I will treasure and never forget. Louis was first class all the way, a gentle, kind and good man.. I send my love and condolences to Jody and the family.
Martha Hafer
August 2, 2016
What a wonderful host he and his wife were to the Mathias-Michel family as we were in York to retrieve a piece of historic glassware & return it to Frederick, Maryland. God Bless & thank you!
Fred Michel
July 7, 2016
What a wonderful man and benefactor for his greater community. His life was long and he made the most of it. It was a privilege serving Pfaltzgraff for almost 19 years. Condolences to his family.
Alan Beavers, Human Resources
Alan Beavers
July 6, 2016
Rest in Peace, Mr. Appell. Thank you for your wisdom and taking the time to chat with me when I was in town. We shared some good stories. I will never forget your kindness. My condolences to the family.
Jeffrey P.
July 5, 2016
I was the Director of R & D at Pfaltzgraff from 1975-80 before going to Lenox China. The last time I met with Louis was in 1995 in his York office after I retired from Lenox. He treated me cordually as always. I am glad I was able to see him one last time before we moved back to the West. Our love to the family. John T. Jones, Ph.D. Buhl, ID
J.T. Jones
July 5, 2016
Pearl Murray
July 4, 2016
you lived a long good live and did so many good things to help people in the York area and beyond .you will never be forgotten. I will remember our confersation at the pfaltzgraff Christmas dinner. words of wisdom. rip. you've earned your wings. linda a former pfaltzgraff employee to the end.
linda heikes
July 3, 2016
To all in the York Community, I send condolences on this occasion of your loss of Louis Appell. His personal devotion to your city and state and his vision for their future well-being will be an inspiration for generations to come. May his soul rest in peace now for a lifetime so well lived in our midst!
Aldy Edwards
July 2, 2016
I'm Mike Boll with Albert Boll & Sons. I was very proud to have the honor of working for Louie on a lot of his home projects over the years. I found Louie's property to be a very special place. He was a man that knew what he wanted. Might of changed his mind in the middle of a project or two but we always Bgot it right in the end!!!!
Mike Boll
July 2, 2016
Louis Appell was the leading citizen of York County, and an outstanding example of the kind of civic-minded, generous, and wise gentleman that one sometimes encountered not so many years ago. York, gardens, the arts, education, and England were some of his interests and loves.
What a wonderful opportunity to have known him and to have worked with him on so many projects to make this world a better place. I was thrilled that he accepted my invitation to have the Life Sciences Building at York College named for him.
All honor to his name.
George Waldner
July 2, 2016
George Waldner
July 1, 2016
Dear Louie Thank you for all you have done for me over the last 10 years working for you and Jody at your home i will miss you more than you know i will thank of you all ways and never for get your kindness to me you and Jody made me a better person you did sure will miss you saying BO are you done yet Love you rest in peace . and my Condolences to all the Family so sorry for your loss
BO Spence
July 1, 2016
To the Family. You are in our prayers as we ask God to continue His love of comfort and peace during this trying time.
PCC Prayer Group
July 1, 2016
Condolences going to the Appell family. It was with great pleasure that I worked at the Pfaltzgraff Company Thomasville Facility for 27 years. I didn't know Mr. Appell personally but, he had a smile that let you know he was a kind and thoughtful man. God Bless you Louis Appell you wll be sadly missed by many.
Karen Platts
July 1, 2016
Karen Platts
June 30, 2016
Thank you for your kindness, compassion, generosity, and care for all those you came in contact with over the years in the community and Susquehanna Radio Corp. I am so proud to have known you and to have worked in an organization that you led the charge. You will be sorely missed. May the peace of God and His love and faithfulness bring comfort to your family during this time of loss.
Rest in peace dear Susquehanna Friend.
Constance Dixon
June 30, 2016
We the York community lost a great man. My sympathy to the Appell's, Davidson's and the Linton's. May he rest in peace.
Freddie Zittle
June 30, 2016
My sincerest sympathy to the Appell family..............such a loss............he was a gentleman, kind and unassuming.
Ann Glatfelter Millett
June 30, 2016
Ann Glatfelter Millett
June 30, 2016
My condolences to all the family. It was a privilege to work for Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff and the Appell family. Mr. Appell's commitment to the community and the employees was of the highest caliper and will long be recognized by the people of York. Thank you for all you have done for so many!
Chris Martin
June 30, 2016
I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Louie Appell Jr. It was a great honor and privilege to work for him, he will be truly missed by all who knew him. As I look out my front door I see my beautiful Appel white roses. Thank you Mr. Appell. May your legacy live on for many years to come. R.I.P.
Mary Ann Kassheimer
June 30, 2016
Every community needs a Louis Appell. I'm sorry I never got to meet him.
Bill Hoffman
June 30, 2016
very nice person and will deeply be missed at the baseball stadium always came for his turkey burgers your family is in my prayers maybe will see each other up there in heaven again R.iP MY FREIEND
June 30, 2016
Sincere condolences to the Appell family. He gave so much, not only financial support, but his personal time as well to his many projects. Rest in peace, my friend.
Dawn Russo
June 30, 2016
Possibly the most generous and humble person I have ever know. It was a pleasure to have worked with him and known him. RIP Louis!!!
Clair Bange, Jr.
June 30, 2016
I wanted to express my condolences to the Appell family. As a former Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff employee, I had the privilege of working for Mr. Appell. He was such a kind and generous man.
I hope that over time your grief is replaced with wonderful memories of a very special person.
Jane Earley
June 30, 2016
The name 'Louie Appell' is synonymous with philanthropy and making York a more beautiful city. His generosity to the Garden Club of York and our Hanging Baskets of York campaign is a living and ongoing testament to his generosity. Thank you Mr. Appell for all that you did for the Garden Club and for the City of York.
Linda Hanson
June 30, 2016
A great man who gave back so much to make life better for so many others. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ben Blouse
June 30, 2016
What a wonderful man. He did so much for the city of York; we thank you Louie for your many kindnesses.
Eric & Jackie Sandblade
June 30, 2016
York has lost a true pillar of the community, a self-effacing gentleman who did so much for York.
My deepest condolences to Jodi, and family.
Christopher Eisenhart
June 30, 2016
A true down to earth humanitarian, as is his widow. I am glad I got to talk to him the few times that I had the opportunity. He was a real gentleman and he will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Robert A Wernig
June 29, 2016
The Board of Directors and staff of Susquehanna Heritage are saddened by the loss of Louis J. Appell, Jr., York County's greatest benefactor. Mr. Appell loved York and York County and worked tirelessly to make it a better place to live and to visit. He believed in, and supported, our important impact along the river, serving as a charter member of our Board of Directors and as a strong partner as we worked with other organizations to preserve land, create parks, and strengthen our river communities to shape the Susquehanna Riverlands as a destination for outdoor fun and cultural exploration. We will forever value the wisdom, guidance and forethought he shared and we will deeply miss him. Our thoughts are with his family.
Susquehanna Heritage
June 29, 2016
One of the most generous men I know! Rest in peace, Mr. Appell. There are no weeds in Heaven.
Jay Warner
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