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USTA Eastern Mourns the Loss of Ron Rebhuhn

August 26, 2012 09:24 PM
USTA Eastern is sad to announce the passing of Ron Rebhuhn, a longtime USTA Eastern tournament director, tennis coach, and USPTA Master Professional.
There will be a Memorial Service for Ron Rebhuhn on Sunday, September 23 at 5:00PM at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY.
Please email Eric Rebhuhn at rebhuhne@stjohns.edu if you plan to attend.

Rebhuhn, of Westbury, NY, was inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame in April, at the Junior Tennis Foundation’s Annual Dinner. Rebhuhn’s friend, Bob Litwin, wrote a tribute to him for the Dinner Journal. Below are some excerpts.
Ron Rebhuhn
Unfortunately, ill health prevents Ron Rebhuhn from joining us tonight for his induction into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame. Eric, his son, will accept the bronze sculpture, "Service," on his behalf.
About ten years before he was born, Ron’s parents commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build their Great Neck home where he spent his childhood. He attended Great Neck North High School and spent part of his school years in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where his parents had a second home. He attended the University of Florida on a tennis scholarship where his teammates included Bill Tym and Francisco Montana. Returning to the New York area, Ron earned a Masters degree from New York University.
Some details of Ron’s life are well-known to his friends and family:
  • Since his early years, tennis has been a major player in his life.
  • For ten years, he was both a professor and the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Mercy College.
  • He is the author of over 100 articles about tennis for a variety of publications.
  • He won over 500 tennis tournaments during his career.
  • He has one son, Eric, the current Head Coach of Men’s Tennis at St. Johns University, and he is the proud grandfather of Jake (age 4 ½) and Dylan (11 weeks).
And here is a little trivia for all of Ron’s fans: his lifelong interests include classical guitar, astrology, and self-development …
Few of these details, however, give insight into the heart of the man whose friends sent countless emails and nominations to the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee. So many referred to Ron as "their best friend" and as "an exceptional coach and person." Several people said he didn’t only teach them how to play tennis – he taught them to be better people. They emphasized his sense of fairness and his commitment to excellence.
Ron, tonight, as you take your well- deserved spot on the illustrious roster of members of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, we extend our sincere thanks and well wishes. Just as tennis has been an important part of your life, so you have been a very special part of the lives of those you’ve touched. Congratulations on behalf of the Junior Tennis Foundation, USTA Eastern, and all of your family and friends!