Rice University Owls track and field javelin thrower Dr. Walter E. (Ed) Red
Black and white photograph of Rice University Owls track and field athlete Walter E. (Ed) Red, class of 1965, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. He is now a distinguished academician who teaches engineering, but as a Rice undergrad student husky Ed Red brought international attention to Rice University by his exploits as one of the world's best performers in throwing the javelin. The peak of his career came in the fall of 1964 when he placed 11th in the Olympic Games, held that year in Tokyo, for the USA. That was an unusually high finish for an American, for Europeans rather dominate that event at the world level of competition. Strong arm Ed Red came to Rice from his native state of Louisiana to become one of the finest student-athletes to represent the Owls in school history. Freshmen were not eligible for varisty competition in '61 or Ed would have been a four-time Southwest Conference champion, but he won the SWC title and set records in 1962, 1963 and 1964. In fact, his success began a string of javelin title for the Owls of that era under Emmett Brunson and aide Audio Erfurth. Rice men won the javelin crown for the SWC 10 of 12 times, starting with Red's three in a row. His career best as an Owl was 263 feet in summer competition at an AAU meet, but his SWC record of 249-3 set as a junior in 1963 stood for an amazing 16 years before it was broken finally in 1979. Red continued as a javelin competitor for several years after getting his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice in 1965 while he was doing graduate work and teaching. Dr. Red exemplifies the familiary story of a Rice athlete who succeeds in his athletic specialty, but also takes advantage of his Rice academic background to become successful in career endeavors. After earning a Ph.D. from Arizona State in 1972m he moved on to teaching posts at U. of Southwest Louisiana and U. of New Mexico, and at this writing in 1980 was an associate professor at Texas A&M and helping coach Aggie javelin throwers as a special hobby. He also coached American record holder Mark Murro, and his brother-in-law, Richard George, who was in the Olympic Games at Montreal in 1976. His wife, JoAnn, and Dr. Red have three daughters. The family is very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) and Dr. Red has been in Bishopric (Assistant minister) work and active in scouting.
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