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Son Subs for Dad in Class of ’66 Reunion Row

Class of 66 reunion row Haunreiter

By Bill Collins, ’66

Few reading these words knew Steve Haunreiter. Steve rowed at two in the Class of ‘66 frosh boat that lost the IRA by 0.3 seconds back in 1963. Steve (“Larry” on the Board in the Shellhouse) picked up a Big W the following year but eventually the pressures of studying chemical engineering and paying for school forced him to give up rowing.

Steve became an avid cyclist. In 2015, he finished the Seattle to Portland ride in one day. About a month later, he was riding in the Seattle to Vancouver and Party (RSVP) event along with three sons and a daughter-in-law when his heart failed and he passed away.

Steve was not one of the six members of 1963 frosh IRA boat who mustered, along with other members of the Class of ’66, for a 50th for a reunion row on Saturday morning after the 2016 VBC banquet. But Steve’s spirit and memory were in the boat as his son Kurt rowed in Steve’s two seat. Kurt is a Husky grad who currently works in the UW School of Environment and Forest Science.

Sixty-sixers Bill Collins (bow) and Harry Brown (3) flank Kurt in the picture above.