Dr. James Allen Reinarz
1934 - 2020
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REINARZ, Dr. James Allen Dr. James Allen Reinarz (Al) passed peacefully from this world on April 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Al was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 3, 1934 to Berthold H. Reinarz, M.D. and Elaine Francis (Weber) Reinarz. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin and then attended the University of Texas at Austin, which began a lifelong devotion to the Longhorns and all things "UT." He graduated with a B.A. and a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to graduate with high honors from medical school at UTMB in Galveston. He completed his internship at the University of Michigan, then returned to UTMB for his residency followed by his fellowship in infectious diseases at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He was then assigned to Wilford Hall Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base. Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, he was also on active duty with the USAF; and as a flight surgeon, he was the Director of the Infectious Disease Division of the Department of Medicine as a Lt. Colonel. He then transferred to the Air Force Reserve as a Colonel where he remained until he was recalled to active duty during Desert Storm. He joined the faculty of UTMB as Associate Professor and Director, Division of Infectious Diseases and served as a Professor of Internal Medicine until his retirement from UTMB in 1993. After his "retirement", he served at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth as both Director of Internal Medicine and Director of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Infection Control. He later returned to Austin where he was Senior Medical Advisor to the Commissioner, Texas Department of Health. Al leaves behind four children: Diane Elaine Reinarz, Janet Reinarz Charnes (William Charnes), Douglas Allen Reinarz (Dawn Vincent Reinarz), Lynda Reinarz Costa (Kyle Costa); five grandchildren, Thomas Evan Kaspar, Kyle Weston Kaspar, Rendon Marie Reinarz, Reid Joseph Foster and Claire Ellen Pearl Foster and his faithful cat, Slash. Al also leaves behind his dear sister-in-law, Alice Reinarz, Ph.D., nephew David Reinarz (Amy Ehrenfeld Reinarz), niece Lisa Reinarz Lange (Andreas Lange), great nieces Elle Reinarz, and Hannah Lange, and great nephews Alexander Lange and Cole Reinarz. He is preceded in death by his parents, Berthold H. Reinarz, M.D. and Elaine Francis (Weber) Reinarz, and brother Ronald Bert Reinarz, Ph.D. What follows are some thoughts in his own words about the incredible life he led. "I have been blessed by having a great life and am appreciative of almost all of it. I wish to give thanks to the many who have been my heroes and without whom my life would have been not nearly so fulfilling, rewarding, and happy. I have been the beneficiary of so many good things and I do appreciate all who have been my friends, mentors, role models, colleagues, and associates. With precious few exceptions, most folks I've known, worked with, played with, or been acquaintances I am grateful for and I consider them to be most valued friends." Al was a beloved teacher, mentor, friend, doctor, colleague, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged enough to know him. He will be remembered by his deep unwavering loyalty to his country, the great state of Texas, the University of Texas, his cats, football, classical music, good food and inappropriate jokes. He was as authentic as they come, never shying away from challenging issues or dissenting opinions. He was deeply curious and relished intellectually stimulating conversations. He did not take himself too seriously and could readily and heartily laugh at himself. Al was greatly loved by his children and grandchildren and was given the endearing moniker "Pubs" and later "Grandpubs" which he enjoyed. The family would like to thank his doctor, Dr. Richard E. Helmer M.D. FACP, his close friend and caretaker, Lynda McNatt, Sylvia with HomeWell, Hospice Austin and all those near and far that called, texted and visited in the last few weeks. Honoring his wishes, there will be no formal service but a celebration of life in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice or one of the numerous charities Al supported such as Meals on Wheels, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, KUT or Doctors Without Borders.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 26, 2020.
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June 20, 2020
Dear Al, I miss having our sincere yet informative conversations at the mailbox. You were a wise and great neighbor. Thanks for blessing me with your wisdom and friendship. Sincerely, Your friend and neighbor.
Eugene Clayborn
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April 27, 2020
I worked for the Realtor in Fort Worth in the mid-1990s when Al purchased his home on Inwood. What a delightful man to be around! But he was always getting on to me about drinking diet drinks. I thought of Al about 10 years ago to tell him I had finally kicked the diet drink habit, but could not find him. Well, Doc, you finally won.....I quit.
Julie M. Douglas
April 27, 2020
A life well lived! You will always be so special to me and in so many ways. 27 years was not nearly long enough to live through and enjoy this extraordinary friendship that we had.
You were amazing man in all areas of your life whether you realized it or not. I was so honored when you asked me to care for you these last couple of months of your life. You handled the good days and the bad ones with such dignity and grace.

Your awesome children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces who were extremely proud of you and were with you every step of this final journey. They love and miss you very much.

Colleagues and friends from every walk of life love and miss their friend and mentor. There will never be another one like you that made such an impact on so many lives!

You glided down your glide path easily and had the smoothest landing there could be! Excellent job, sir!

Please don't forget to save me a seat when you got there as you promised! May your soul rest in peace. I Love you very much and always will miss you.
Lynda McNatt
April 26, 2020
To Al's family,
I saw this notice today and was saddened by the news. I just wanted you to know how he had affected many people in his life.
I had the pleasure of knowing Al beginning in
~ 1980. I worked in Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Al became one of the initial members of the Texas Infectious Disease Society, a state-wide organization made up of voluntary ID physicians. He contributed to its scientific pursuits as well as the friendship/collegiality of the members. His sense of humor was legendary and so enjoyed by all! He was fondly referred to as "Big Al." The picture here perfectly reflects my memory of him, genuine smile.
May your fond memories of him comfort you at this sad time.
Warmest regards, Pamela Self
Pamela Self
April 26, 2020
Thank you all for your calls, texts and cards during this time, and thank you for the condolences. My dad loved his time in Ft. Worth.
Lynda Reinarz
April 26, 2020
Al was one of a kind, creative, smart, wicked sense of humor, foodie, adventurous, kind. He was my good friend when I moved to Austin in 2007. He was so much fun. He will be missed by all who knew him. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Carol Allbritton
April 26, 2020
A life well lived! You will always be so special to me and in so many ways. 27 years was not nearly long enough to live through and enjoy this extraordinary friendship that we had.

You were amazing man in all areas of your life whether you realized it or not. I was so honored when you asked me to care for you these last couple of months of your life. You handled the good days and the bad ones with such dignity and grace.

Your awesome children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces who were extremely proud of you and were with you every step of this final journey. They love and miss you very much.

Collègues and friends from every walk of life love and miss their friend and mentor. There will never be another one like you that made such an impact on so many lives!

You glided down your glide path easily and had the smoothest landing there could be! Excellent job, sir!

Please remember to save me a seat when you got there as you promised! May your soul rest in peace. I Love you very much and always will.
Lynda Hannah-McNatt
April 26, 2020
I'm very sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Max Westbrook
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