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Former UH athlete and professor dies

UH alumnus Marvin Noel Reichle died Feb. 10 at the age of 82, the Houston Chronicle reported Feb. 12.

He was the first "four-year basketball letterman in UH history," the Chronicle reported.

Reichle went on to become a Health and Human Performance associate professor emeritus, according to the College of Education.

Reichle, a 1942 graduate of Reagan High School, was a basketball and football player before enrolling in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, the Chronicle reported.

"He was very accomplished in the athletic arena, but he never spoke about it," Becky Holder, Reichler’s daugher, told the Chronicle.

After his military service, Reichle enrolled at UH and was the first to receive a basketball letterman, Reichle’s son, Randy Reichle, told the Chronice.

For his doctoral dissertation he came up with the "first standardized test for boating safety for the U.S. coast guard." He received his Ph.D. from Texas A’M University, according to the UH College of Education’s online catalog.

Randy Reichle told the Chronicle that his father was an inspiration to many athletes because of his academic accomplishments.

"My dad had been an influence for them to continue their education," Randy Reichle said.

Donations in Reichle’s name may be made to the Columbus Nesbitt Memorial Library, 529 Washington St., Columbus, Texas, 78934.

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