Harvey Reeg to lead Homecoming parade as marshal

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Harvey Reeg to lead Homecoming parade as marshal

September 20, 2011

 Harvey Reeg
Longtime Ranger fan and 1954 alumnus Harvey Reeg will serve as parade marshal during the annual Homecoming celebration on Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Reeg as its leader.

For Harvey Reeg, Northwestern Oklahoma State University holds a special place in his heart. It is the place where he met his wife, earned his undergraduate degree in 1954 and received his master’s in 1961. He now will serve as parade marshal during the annual Homecoming celebration on Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Reeg will lead the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. By showing his Ranger pride and leading the parade, it makes him an ideal candidate to represent the Homecoming theme, “Northwestern: Branded for Life.”

“He always leads by example, encourages those around him, attends Northwestern events and is always interested in what is happening at Northwestern,” Karen Sneary, instructor of business, said.

“He always promoted education and he and his wife, my aunt, Ruth Ann, were a big part of the reason I entered teaching. There is no better person that I can think of to serve as Homecoming parade marshal than my Harvey Reeg.”

Sneary and others nominated her uncle for the Homecoming parade marshal honor. She considered Reeg a great candidate as parade marshal because he was a lifelong supporter of education and Northwestern.

“I’m honored and humbled for the nomination,” Reeg said. “I really appreciate the nomination and am extremely excited to be selected.”

Growing up in Aline and coming from a family of educators, Reeg said he wanted to come to the “big city” of Alva and attend Northwestern. His dream of becoming an educator became a reality soon after graduation from Northwestern in 1954.

Reeg said he always knew he wanted to be a teacher.

Two years after graduation, and after returning from serving in the Army, Reeg began teaching at Fairview. After four years at Fairview, he began working for Washington Elementary in Alva.

As a lifelong educator and Northwestern fan, this 79-year-old continues to show his Ranger pride. In fact, he returned to the season opener football game and alumni tailgate to show his appreciation for his school. Taking time to visit with old friends and even meeting a few new ones that evening, Reeg, donned in a red shirt and black shorts, talked about his time at Northwestern.

“Northwestern is very important to me,” Reeg said. “I have deep feelings for Northwestern.”

Some of Reeg’s best memories from Northwestern include being a member of the drama club and playing and lettering in tennis for four years. Northwestern is where Reeg met his wife and the mother of his three children: Robert, James and Wilma.

“Northwestern was small enough that we knew all the professors and students on campus,” Reeg said. “My goal was to come to Northwestern and be a school teacher.

“That goal came true.”

Staying true to himself and his dream of becoming a teacher, Reeg completed his time at Northwestern and eventually became the principal at Washington Elementary.

“Harvey built his career in Alva,” said Lizabeth Richey, Northwestern Alumni Association director.

As Reeg transitioned into retirement, he began traveling, volunteering and even continued educating Alva students by reading Joel Chandler Harris’ Brer Rabbit to classrooms each week.

“Going into those classrooms was one of my most enjoyable moments in teaching,” Reeg said.

“I wanted to show males that they could enjoy reading.”

Sneary said her uncle continues to mentor young people and serve the community as a true servant leader.
Reeg currently volunteers as assistant chaplain at Integris Bass Hospital in Enid.

“Even though he’s retired, he never misses an opportunity to reminisce with fellow Rangers,” Richey said.

“As a long-time elementary principal at Washington Elementary School in Alva, he inspired so many young people, many of whom went on to attend Northwestern,” Sneary said.

“He is a shining example of what a lifelong educator is.”

Reeg continues to support Northwestern, not only by attending events, but he’s a member of the President’s Association and a regular donor.

Because of his educational background, Richey said that several generations will remember his million-dollar smile.

“Harvey warms the heart of anybody he’s visiting with,” Richey said. “He’s been a lifetime educator in Alva and for that he is truly ‘Branded for Life.’”