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Burton L Richey

Dr. Burton L. Richey, at the time of his death was the chairman of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Richey died February 10, 1981 from cancer.

Dr. Richey was named Division Chairman of the combined men and women's departments in 1977.  His first position at Northwest was a teacher and coach at Horace Mann High School, from 1953 to 1960.  In 1960, he became an instructor in the men's Physical Education Department and later became chairman in 1965.  Dr. Richey received his undergraduate degree from Northwest in 1951, his master's degree in 1956 from the University of Colorado, and his doctorate in Education also from the University of Colorado in 1963.

Born in Dallas, Texas, November 29, 1928, Richey graduated from public schools in Corning, Iowa, in 1946. He was an outstanding all-around high school athlete. While attending Northwest he lettered three years in football and was co-captain his senior year. His coaching career at Horace Mann High School produced some outstanding teams. Two teams entered state play in basketball. The 1955 team having a 33-1 record after losing the final game in state play.  Dr. Richey was also a baseball coach at Northwest from 1962 to 1969, for which he was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1988.

In August 1952, he was married to Roberta Walker of Gentry, Mo.  Roberta was also a 1951 graduate of Northwest. The family included two children, Julee K. (Richey) Sherman and Scott L. Richey.

He was active in community life in Maryville, a member of the Lions International and had served several years on the Maryville Parks and Recreation Board.  Richey was also a member of the United Methodist Church and an active board member of the Wesley Foundation.
Scholarships associated with Burton L Richey
  • Burton L Richey Memorial Scholarship