Anne Farrell, the longest-serving employee of US Squash in the organization’s 110-year history, will be honored at the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open with the W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award. Farrell will receive her award at the Women in Sports celebration at Drexel on Thursday evening October 16.
Farrell worked as office manager at US Squash from October 1979 to September 2005. This twenty-six year tenure spanned a transformative era that Farrell helped direct and sustain. Because of her enthusiasm, attention to detail and warm personality, she led every administrative and clerical effort of the Association. For decades she was literally the voice of squash, as she answered the telephone. Despite the meteoric growth of squash around the country, Farrell was renowned not only knowing each US Squash member’s name but who they were: their spouses, birthdays, children, jobs. Even though she didn’t play squash or go to tournaments, it was this personal touch that made her a legendary fixture in the game.
The Brauns is named after a dedicated leader of US Squash, Stew Brauns, who was a tournament director, head referee, committee chair and a founder of the World Squash Federation. The award has been annually given out by the board of US Squash since the 1980s to a person who has made major administrative, off-the-court contributions. Previous winners include Jahangir Khan, Quentin Hyder, Bob Callahan and last season’s winner, Ham Biggar.