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.