A. "ROOKIE" REIMER first came to Sam Houston State University
in 1934 and for the next four years he worked his way
through college. While at Sam Houston he lettered in football
and participated in track and tennis for two years. He
was graduated from Sam Houston in 1938 with a degree in
physical education and with minors in mathematics and
Rookie demonstrated his all-around coaching ability
at his first job, coaching all sports at Markham, Texas,
from 1938-1939, where his teams all won district championships.
After Markham, he moved to Boling, Texas, to coach and
teach, until 1941 when he joined the U.S. Navy. At the
end of World War II he returned to Boling as coach and
teacher, and remained there until 1952 when he entered
the life insurance business.
In 1955 he was appointed manager of the Victoria District
for American-Amicable and by 1974 he was elected Vice
Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive
Over the years he has belonged to the Lions Club,
Booster Club, Parent Teacher organizations, been a member
of the School Board, and served in the local Little
League and Cub Scouts. Rookie is a 32nd Degree Mason
and also a Shriner. He retired in 1975 and moved to
East Bernard where he remains active in the community.
In 1975 Rookie Reimer was unanimously elected by his
peers to the Sam Houston State University Bearkat Hall
Melvin and his lovely wife, Ruth, have five children.