Richard F. Raklovits obituary

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Richard F. Raklovits

Richard F. Raklovits, associate professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation, died Nov. 21, 2017. He was 89.

Raklovits, of Kalamazoo, joined the faculty in 1957 and retired at the end of 1990 after nearly 34 years of service.

He served as coordinator of the general physical education program for his department, now named the Department of Human Performance and Health Education. He also served as an assistant football coach from 1957 to 1974 and coached golf for two years.

Raklovits earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in 1951 and a master's degree from WMU in 1963.

As a U of I student, he made the All-Big Ten First Team in football and All-American Baseball Team. The athletic standout went on to work as an assistant football and baseball coach at that university from 1955 to 1957.

Prior to coming to WMU, Raklovits served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and played baseball for what was then the Brooklyn Dodgers organization.


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