Walter B. Rea

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Walter B. Rea
Walter B. Rea.jpg
Rea from the 1949 Michiganensian
Personal information
Born (1898-09-09)September 9, 1898
Pennsylvania
Died August 1970 (aged 71)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Career information
College Michigan

Walter Burnette "Bud" Rea (September 9, 1898 – August 1970) was an American university administrator and basketball player. He served variously as the Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Men, and Dean of Students at the University of Michigan from 1930 until 1962. He also served as the chairman of the committee on university scholarships and Director of Financial Aid. As a student at the University of Michigan, he was a member of the basketball team. He was the leading scorer on the 1919–20 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team and the captain of the 1921-22 team.

Early years[edit]

Rea was born in Pennsylvania in 1898. He grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where his father, Charles J. P. Rea, was employed as a printer.[1][2][3]

Student athlete[edit]

Rea attended the University of Michigan. He was the president of the literary department's Class of 1922.[4] While attending Michigan, Rea was also active in athletics. He was a member of the Michigan basketball and track teams for three straight years. As a sophomore, he was the leading scorer on the 1919–20 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. As a senior he was the captain of the 1921–22 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team that finished with a 15-4 record—the best record achieved by a Michigan basketball team up to that time.[5] He was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Michigamua, and the Sphinx, and the Chairman of the University Service Committee.[6] In January 1922, he authored an article that was published in The Michigan Chimes urging the student body to support the basketball team as they had long done for the football team.[7]

University administrator[edit]

After receiving his degree in 1922, he spent most of his adult life working as an administrator at the University of Michigan. He served as the Assistant Dean of Students, the Dean of Men, and the Dean of Students from 1930 until 1962.[8][9][10][11][12] He was also the manager of the University of Michigan Marching Band during the 1940s.[13] In the 1950s, he also served as the university's spokesperson on a variety of issues, including a 1950 student demonstration against a decision to forbid Communists from speaking on campus,[14] a 1956 student riot in protest of poor food quality,[15][16] a 1956 Look magazine article claiming that the university had violated conference rules by providing scholarships to student-athletes who failed to maintain a C average,[17][18] a 1958 investigation into a football card gambling racket being operated by students,[19][20] a campus craze in the 1950s in which large numbers of male students conducted "panty raids" in women's dormitories,[21][22][23][24][25][26] a ban on driving by students,[27] a 1959 controversy over a Chinese student living for four years in the attic of an Ann Arbor church,[28][29] the Yost Honor Awards for combined athletic-scholastic achievement,[30] and student disciplinary matters.[31][32][33] He also served as the chairman of the committee on university scholarships.[34][35] During the 1960s, he served as the university's Director of Financial Aid.[36]

Rea died in 1970 at age 71 in Ann Arbor.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census entry for Charles J. P. Rea and family. Walter B. Rea, age 21, was identified as his son. Addie O. Rea identified as Charles J. P. Rea's wife. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1920; Census Place: Erie Ward 4, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1565; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 96; Image: 953.
  2. ^ Census entry for Charles J. P. Rea and family. Walter B. Rea, age 11, is identified as his son. Adda Rea is identified as Charles J. P. Rea's wife. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1910; Census Place: Erie Ward 4, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1342; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0095; Image: 1013; FHL microfilm: 1375355.
  3. ^ Census entry for Charles P. Rea and family. Walter B. Rea, born Sept. 1898, is identified as his son. Adie Rea is identified as Charles P. Rea's wife. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1900; Census Place: Erie Ward 4, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1408; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 94; FHL microfilm: 1241408.
  4. ^ 1922 Michiganensian, p. 22.
  5. ^ "University of Michigan Basketball Record Book". University of Michigan. pp. 22–23. 
  6. ^ 1922 Michiganensian, p. 60.
  7. ^ Walter B. Rea (January 1922). "A Thousand Words from Bud: Wherein the basketball captain asks for the support of the Michigan campus". The Michigan Chimes. pp. 7–8. 
  8. ^ "Student May Have Committed Suicide". The Border Cities Star. December 4, 1930. 
  9. ^ "University Auto Ban Undergoes No Change: Assistant Dean Announces Rules; No Modification Has Been Made". The Owosso Argus-Press. September 26, 1930. 
  10. ^ "'U' Vice-Presidency Asked by IFC: Back Dean Rea For New VP Post". The Michigan Daily. November 25, 1953. 
  11. ^ "University of Michigan Dean of Men to Speak". Chicago Daily Tribune. January 16, 1960. 
  12. ^ 1962 Michiganensian, page 41 (Rea still listed as Dean of Men)
  13. ^ "Michigan Band To Accompany Team To The Rose Bowl". The Owosso Argus-Press. November 26, 1947. 
  14. ^ Chuck Elliott (April 21, 1950). "Michigras, Polices Foil Demonstration". The Michigan Daily. 
  15. ^ "U. of Michigan Students Riot in Protest on Food". The New York Times. December 3, 1956. 
  16. ^ "Food Riot at U. of Michigan! Students Join Protest Over 'Poor' Meals". Chicago Daily Tribune. December 3, 1956. 
  17. ^ "Big Ten 'Full Rides' Revealed: All Except Illinois Listed as Aiding Stars, Says Look". St. Joseph, Mo., Gazette. August 1, 1956. 
  18. ^ "Magazine Says Big Ten Schools Circumvent Athletic Aid Code". The New York Times. August 1, 1956. 
  19. ^ "8th Student Seized in Bet-Card Inquiry". The New York Times. October 31, 1958. 
  20. ^ "Michigan Holds Off Move on Gamblers". The Milwaukee Sentinel. October 31, 1958. 
  21. ^ "MSU Game At U Of M Sets Off Panty Raid". Toledo Blade. October 1, 1955. 
  22. ^ John Weicher (May 24, 1958). "Raids, Rivalries and Riots". The Michigan Daily. 
  23. ^ "Panty Raiders At 'M' Warned of Drastic Action". The Owosso Argus-Press. April 23, 1958. 
  24. ^ "What's A Panty Raid?". St. Petersburg Times. March 10, 1959. 
  25. ^ Julie Rowe (October 17, 2007). "Snatching panties". The Michigan Daily. 
  26. ^ "It Was Just an Old-Fashioned Snowball Fight". The Owosso Argus-Press. March 9, 1959. 
  27. ^ "Rea's Job: Auto Ban Not Easy To Enforce". The Michigan Daily. March 17, 1955. 
  28. ^ "Chinese Student Hides 4 Years In Attic of Ann Arbor Church". The New York Times. August 31, 1959. 
  29. ^ "Church Attic 'Hermit" May Resume Study: Young Chinese Has New Chance". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 1, 1959. 
  30. ^ Jim Benagh (May 6, 1958). "Twenty-Four Wolverine Athletes Receive Yost Achievement Awards". The Michigan Daily. 
  31. ^ "7 Students' Suspension End Hinted: Rea Discusses Judic Sidestep". The Michigan Daily. November 11, 1953. 
  32. ^ "Suspension Hits Seven 'Painters'". The Michigan Daily. November 11, 1953. 
  33. ^ "College Has 'Indian' List". Greensburg Daily Tribune. February 22, 1951. 
  34. ^ "Gets Scholarship to University". Ludington Daily News. May 8, 1957. 
  35. ^ "U. of M. Scholarships: Are won by Four Owosso High School Seniors". The Owosso Argus-Press. May 24, 1955. 
  36. ^ "Congress Delays Hew bill; Education Funds Come Late". The Michigan Daily. September 1, 1964. 
  37. ^ Social security death index for Walter B. Rea, born September 9, 1898.