UT to honor Rubright for years of service

The University of Tennessee athletic department will recognize Dr. Robert (Bob) Rubright and his wife, Eddy, in a ceremony on Tuesday for their years of dedication and support to UT athletics.

The team physician’s clinic in the men’s athletic training facility will be named The Dr. Bob and Eddy Rubright Team Physician’s Clinic.

“During his tenure at Tennessee, thousands of Volunteer student-athletes benefited from his compassion and care,” said UT men’s athletic director Mike Hamilton. “It seems only fitting that the team physician’s clinic bear his name.”

Rubright served the athletic department as head team physician for men’s athletics from 1973-93. Prior to his arrival at UT in 1970, Rubright served four years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman during WWII. He was an undergraduate and medical student at Indiana University and a partner in a multispecialty/family practice clinic for 14 years in his hometown of Hammond, Ind.

In the early 1970s, Rubright and several physicians around the country, most of who were involved in college health, saw the need for involvement in athletic medicine by primary care professionals. As a consequence of those early efforts, UT now has fellowship trained primary care sports medicine specialists.

Rubright is a fellow and life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an honorary member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and an honorary letterman of the UT athletic department.

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dfreeman writes:

Does anyone else think the title for this story has some humor to it? All jokes aside, thanks for your contributions to the University and its student athletes!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

dfreeman, don't know about humor, but Rubright was my kindergarten teachers name many moons ago.
This was the 1st time I've seen anyone else with that monicker.

Congrats, Dr.

hcjournals#206623 writes:


Dr. Rubright also saw students back in the day. Back then we were intramural fooball all fraternity champions (KA) on our way to vying for the championship (came in 3rd out of 186 teams). We played the Rheltneys, the Afrikan Warriors and the Lakers, among others. The Lakers were made up of UT varsity athletes who had used their eligibility but were still in school. Tim Kerin was the coach and they took it very seriously. We beat them something like 26-8. Ealier in the season I came down wrong on my knee and went to see Dr. Rubright. He was very nice and my knee got better. Congratulations Dr. Rubright! And thanks for reminding me about those days....

andefromtn#212139 writes:

Dr. Rubright, thank you for the service you have given to UT students athletes. I hope you have a great retirement, you deserve it.

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