Raymond Wauthier, a long-time coach and faculty member at Kansas State University, died Tuesday at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. He was 91.
Mr. Wauthier served as K-State’s baseball coach from the 1951 through the 1964 seasons. In 1977, he served as coach of the KSU golf team, a role he filled again between 1980 and 1986. He also spent many years as a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at K-State.
He was also honored by the Northeast Kansas Officials Association in 2004 with presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In doing so, they noted his 38 years of experience officiating football, including 16 championship games. He also officiated high school basketball in Kansas for 25 years, and was an area supervisor for the KSHSAA for 19 years. In 1992, he was inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame.
He is perhaps best recalled for his role in integrating university athletic programs. The story is told that KSU was scheduled to play a game in Oklahoma against a team from Mississippi. At the time, KSU’s roster included Earl Woods, who would become the father of Tiger Woods. Seeing Woods, the Mississippi coach told Wauthier his team would only compete if Woods remained on the team bus. Instead, Wauthier loaded his entire squad on the bus and left.
A complete obituary is pending and will be announced by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. www.ymlfuneralhome.com.