The College of Science & Engineering (CSE) is pleased to announce a $1 million gift, creating the Dr. Manfred Reinecke Endowed Dean’s Fund for Excellence. The fund is named in honor of Dr. Reinecke, recognizing his distinguished career of more than 40 years at TCU. During his tenure he taught organic chemistry and served as the chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee.
The endowed fund was created by Dr. Philip C. Bechtel ’67, a retired neurosurgeon and former student of Reinecke’s.
“I am one in a long line of many students who have had the opportunity to benefit from Dr. Reinecke’s commitment to teaching. This gift is my way of collectively acknowledging the difference he has made in so many lives during his time at TCU,” Bechtel said.
Under Reinecke’s leadership, 90 percent of pre-medical students on average were accepted to medical or dental school. He also organized the pre-medical/pre-dental honor society that became the Texas Zeta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta at TCU. During his time as a sponsor of AED, the chapter earned five regional and national first-place awards.
This gift recognizes the meaningful impact Reinecke made in the lives of pre-health alumni who are now doctors, dentists and other healthcare-related professionals. It also honors the significant advancement he made as chair of the TCU Pre-Health Professions Institute – a TCU program that the Austin-American Statesman said is “…generally regarded as the best in Texas.”
“The Dr. Manfred Reinecke Endowed Dean’s Fund for Excellence honors an esteemed faculty leader in our college’s history,” said Dr. Phil Hartman, dean of the CSE. “It further sets the course for distinction and greater focus by supporting our top priority of student and faculty research experiences. Dr. Bechtel’s generosity is further evidence of the palpable loyalty of our alumni who play a significant role in allowing us to achieve our dreams. This is indeed a historic event for the college.”
More than 40 percent of undergraduate students are involved in research through programs such as the Science and Engineering Research Center (SERC), which provides research funding to undergraduate students, and through the Student Research Symposium – a celebration and showcase of scientific research.