Feb. 22, 2013
Allen Louis `Alkie' Richards, a member of the University of Cincinnati James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013 in Cape Coral, Fla. He was 89 years old.
Richards, a native of Bristol, Tenn., was a standout three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball from Miamisburg HS, earning an athletic scholarship to UC.
His college career was interrupted by World War II, where Richards served in the Pacific Theater as a member of the United States Marine Corps. After returning to UC, Richards was a four-year standout in both football and basketball while also excelling during three years on the baseball team. During the course of his college career, Richards earned 16 varsity letters, five from Penn State while on the GI Bill and 11 from UC.
Richards was awarded the ODK Trophy in 1949 as the best all-around senior student-athlete. He was also a member of Sigma Sigma, ULEX and C Club. Following graduation, he was invited to join the Chicago Bears by the legendary coach George Halas, but declined the invitation. He later returned to UC and earned a master's degree in education.
After UC, he lived in Tipp City, Ohio, working in Tipp City and Troy for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, and the director of athletics. He was inducted into Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame in 1983.
In 1985, he was inducted into the UC James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame for football, basketball and baseball, one of a handful honored in multiple sports.
The family would like to extend an invitation to gather and share stories in a celebration of Alkie's life, March 9, 4:00-7:00 in the old Broadway gym in Tipp City, located at 233 West Broadway.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to be made in honor of Tippecanoe Middle and High School athletics, scholarship opportunities earmarked for in-need athletes, serving to cover pay-to-play fees.
Send checks to: Tippecanoe Educational Endowment, P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, Ohio 45371 (Alkie Richards written on memo line).
Richards is survived by his wife Rosemary, his children, Julie, Amy, and Mark, his sisters, Lynn and JoAnn, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew, his sisters Louise and Margie.