Donovan Reichenberger to lead Homecoming parade

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Donovan Reichenberger to lead Homecoming parade

October 5, 2012

Donovan Reichenberger
Donovan Reichenberger

Few can say they have been associated with Northwestern Oklahoma State University for more than 47 years. Donovan Reichenberger’s experience with Northwestern has been one as a student, instructor, generous benefactor and now as parade marshal leading the Homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 13.

“Nothing I’ve done could match the honor of being parade marshal,” Reichenberger said.

In August, he celebrated his 85th birthday and with that thought in mind, he figured that he has been a part of Northwestern for more than half of his life.

Born in Mt. Hope, Kan., and a graduate of Sharon, Kan., High School, he married Dorothy (Teutschmann) in 1958. Following 18 years of naval service, Reichenberger came to Northwestern State College in 1965 and graduated in two and a half years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science. He then earned his master’s degree at Wichita State University before joining the Northwestern history faculty in 1967.

In December 1992, he retired from Northwestern after 25 years of service.

Some of Reichenberger’s greatest memories at Northwestern come from the students and the work he’s been able to accomplish at the university.

“I’ve really enjoyed the work and students at Northwestern,” Reichenberger said.

This Homecoming, Reichenberger looks forward to seeing how former students have changed over the years.

Through Reichenberger’s donations, he has been able to provide area students with scholarships and has funded endowed chairs for the university.

Following his wife’s death in 2005 after 47 years of marriage, Reichenberger endowed the Dorothy Reichenberger Memorial Scholarship in Music and the Dorothy J. Reichenberger Chair in Music. One of the most generous benefactors of the university, he continues to give to a number of other Northwestern scholarships and programs.

He has served as a Northwestern Foundation trustee since 1993 and is a former chair of the Investment Committee. As chair, he worked to ensure the funds invested by the Northwestern Foundation earned their greatest potential, while minimizing the risk to those funds.

Homecoming events begin Thursday, Oct. 11, with the Miss Cinderella Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium. Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. the winner of the Miss Cinderella Pageant will be named. There are many alumni and community events planned for Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 8 a.m. with the 5K Ranger Run and One Mile Fun Run.

A reception for Reichenberger will be held at the alumni tent (across from Rialto) at 9 a.m. before he leads the parade at 10 a.m.

Reichenberger said he looks forward to riding in the parade.

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