OBIT: Richard Earl Schuette, M.D.
Richard Earl SchuetteRichard Earl Schuette, M.D. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend died suddenly September 5, 2003.He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Bambi; and daughters Emily Schaefer, of Houston, Alice Schuette and husband Thierry De Pauw of Brussels, Belgium, and Heidi Calhoun and husband Russ and grandson Carson Wallace Calhoun, of Houston. Other family members are Gary Hester and wife Dorothy, Edie and Bobby Stewart, Daisy and Bill Quayle, numerous nephews and nieces, and cherished mother-in-law Emmy Lou Whitridge, all of Houston.Richard was born August 3, 1935 to Anna Belle and Gilbert Schuette in Yoakum Texas, but spent his life in Houston. He graduated from St. Thomas High School, University of St. Thomas, and University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing his residency, he founded Southwest Radiology and practiced radiology for 20 years. An avid tennis player, he won his first USTA national tournament at age 17 and his last at age 50, winning 7 national titles. He achieved a #1 USTA National Ranking in Men's 35 & 45 Doubles with John Been. In 2001, Richard was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. His impact as a physician, tennis player and fisherman earned him the American Medical Sportsman of the Year in 1974. He served as president of the Houston Tennis Association in 1972 and president of the Houston Racquet Club in 1983. When knee problems ended his tennis career, he became a 6-handicap golfer with an astonishing two holes-in-one. He loved fishing, especially fishing the lake on his Dobbin farm. In retirement, he found great joy in his family especially meticulously preparing gourmet meals for those he loved. His sense of humor and innate goodness will continue to be memories for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.The family will hold a reception at The Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 9, 2003. A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2003.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Houston Tennis Association, P.O. Box 79341, Houston, TX 77279
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 9/8/2003.
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