RINEHARDT, KARL F.
Karl "Chuck" F. Rinehardt, age 62, Professor of Exercise Physiology, died at Meadowbrook Homes, Redlands, on Wednesday, August 24,2011 following a courageous battle with Early On-Set Alzheimer's. He was born on May 16, 1949, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Fredrick and Betty Rinehardt. He attended the University of Redlands, received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico and his Master's and Ph.D from The Ohio State University in Exercise Physiology. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque New Mexico. On July 10, 1982, he was united in marriage to Nicole Loge in Redlands, CA. Karl coached the Redlands Swim Club during 1978-1982 and founded and coached the women's water polo team which won several Junior Olympic titles during his coaching tenure at Redlands. While pursuing his Ph.D at The Ohio State University he served as the men's assistant swim coach and traveled to the Big Ten Finals in Indianapolis Indian during 1982-1987. After graduate school, Karl accepted a teaching/research appointment at Kansas State University where he received the William Stamey Teaching Award for teaching excellence. He then accepted an appointment at Southern Connecticut State University from 1992-2008 where he received tenure and was promoted to full professor. He served as Faculty Senate Secretary and President. Karl was recognized for his mentorship both by students and faculty. He loved teaching and research and was a published researcher in a variety of journals such as Swimming Research, Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Karl's research focused on the effects of training in elite athletes. During his tenure he served as an advisor on student thesis panels and wrote grants to fund research projects. Karl is survived by his wife, Nicole Rinehardt, his cousins Ched and Debbie, Sersch, Mary Ellen Rinehardt, Hue and Mary Peterson.
Memorial services for Karl F. Rinehardt will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Trinity Episicol Church at 419 South 4th Street, Redlands, CA 92373. The Rev. Michael Fincher, priest, will officiate the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal Shelter of Redlands at 504 Kansas Street, Redlands, CA 92383, in memory of Karl's love for homeless pets. We would like to thank Greg and Baily Zweigle and their staff at Meadowbrook Homes for their care and support, Dr. A Dean Sherzai and Dr. James Lai for their incredible devotion with helping families and patients with Alzheimer's, and for the many family and friends that provided their constant love and encouragement during this journey.
Published in New Haven Register from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2011