Herb Spier is a product of North Central High School in
Indianapolis, where he was a standout center on the basketball
team. He brought his talents to DePauw, where he joined what
was to be one of the University’s most talented teams.
He became a star amongst stars. He started as center every
game during his varsity career – 66 consecutive games.
He was first in team rebounding all three years in a row. He
was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player his senior
year. Herb was active in Air Force R.O.T.C. during college
and was a member of Sigma Nu. On campus he met his wife,
Linda, an accomplished artist. They married and then
graduated. In 1962 Spier began his career in the Air Force.
At 6-feet, 5-inches, he required a waiver to put him in the
cockpit. He served a 12-month tour in Vietnam, flying 283
combat missions. He received a Silver Star, three
Distinguished Flying Crosses, one Bronze Medal, 14 Air Medals, one
Purple Heart and the Vietnam Combat Medal. Following his
active service, he returned to the family insurance business in
Indianapolis. After only five months he was itching to fly again
and signed up with the Indiana Air National Guard in Terre Haute,
while still continuing his full-time job. He progressed
through a series of promotions and assignments. In 1993, he
was offered an assignment in San Antonio, which permitted him to be
promoted to major general, the rank which he retired in 1966.
He has accumulated more than 5,800 flying hours during the course
of 34 years. He and Linda reside in Carmel and are the
parent’s of four children.