Rice University Owls football player Dr. G. Walter McReynolds
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls football player G. Walter McReynolds, class of 1965, headlining his achievement as a Distinguished "R" Man. Caption reads: If ever a man fully personified the specific qualifications of the “R” Association’s “Distinguished R Award” it is the 1988 recipient, prominent Houston ear, nose, and throat surgeon, Dr. Walter McReynolds. He was not only a letterman Owl, Walter was an outstanding athlete as football quarterback and starter of Rice games of 1963 and 1964, and most of 1962. He was a Rice graduate, Class of 1965, with many academic and campus achievements during his pre-medical studies while an undergrad to qualify for medical school. The qualifications also say the honoree must have shown an interest in athletics at Rice after graduation. No doubt about it, this man has been an avid booster of the total athletic program ever since he completed his undergraduate studies and has been very active in the “R” Association and Owl Cub ever since. It would take far more space than allotted here to cover the numerous civic and community service deeds of Dr. McReynolds. He has been involved in countless worthy projects with civic clubs, church work, and a host of leadership assignments. Dr. McReynolds is one of the most successful and respected ear, nose, and throat specialists in Houston. After graduating from the University of Texas Medical School in 1969, he received further specialized training in ear, nose and throat. He has served as a clinical associate professor at UTMB in otolaryngology while continuing an outstanding private practice in Houston. He has served as president of the Houston Otolaryngology Society. He has a splendid family life. Walter glows with pride in his lovely wife, the former Linda Duyck of Florida, and two charming daughters, Merritt and Larkin. Walter’s mother still lives in Galveston, the widow of his later father, Dr. G.S. McReynolds, a prominent physician of otolaryngology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. It was on the famous vacation island of Galveston that young Walter McReynolds first became known as a scholar-athlete. He was an all-around leader and was elected captain of both the football and basketball teams at Galveston’s famous old Ball High, and became the Texas’ All-State AAAA (then top classification) quarterback for a strong team. Walter McReynolds came to Rice in 1960 and achieved great success as an undergrad. He continues to serve his alma mater in the more than two decades since his 1965 graduation. He served as president of the Owl Club, president of the Rice Alumni Association, and as a director of the “R” association. Also, he has been chairman of the annual fall “An Evening of Rice’s Honour” major fund raiser for Rice Athletics at River Oaks Country Club, with able support by Linda. McReynolds made a memorable Owl debut as quarterback when a sophomore in 1962. Veteran QB’s Billy Cox and Randy Kerbow were felled by injuries a week prior to the opening game against LSU. In front of 67,000 screaming people in Baton Rouge, the young 19-year-old threw a TD pass to Gene Fleming to give underdog Rice a 6-6 shocking tie. In 1965, he was honored with the Bob Quin Award, annually given to the Rice athlete who best demonstrates sportsmanship in athletics, leadership and scholarship. SWC football was at a peak in 1964, and Dr. Walter McReynolds was a key part of it, and a champion of Rice and college sports ever since.
Distinguished R Man
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