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With a university career that spans three decades, Dr. Curtis Reams has dedicated much of his life to helping prepare students for careers in physical education. He retired as professor emeritus of physical education, giving him an opportunity to pursue projects such as building a lake house, fishing, and wood working.
After spending a year on the faculty at Wisconsin State University, Stevens Point, Dr. Reams came to Central in 1971 as a member of the Department of Physical education. He coached tennis and gymnastics for several years, served briefly as interim chair of the department, and became Fitness Center director in Morrow Gymnasium in the spring of 1988. He held the latter position until his retirement.
In addition to his coaching, administrative and faculty assignments, Dr. Reams contributed to the betterment of the institution through service on groups such as the Faculty Senate, membership on the Wellness Committee, and serving as graduate coordinator in the Department of Physical Education.
Dr. Reams was active in professional groups including the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
His higher education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Northeast Missouri State University, an education specialist degree from Central, and an education doctorate from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.