Richard Tinsley- Basketball 1959-61
Richard Donald Tinsley, age 84, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023. Born in Houston, Texas, on July 13, 1938, he was the middle of three sons born to Willard Merle Tinsley and Margie Bosley Tinsley.
Richard’s lifelong love of athletics landed him on the Lamar High School basketball team, where he was the leading scorer in the city his senior year with a 20-point average. In 1957, after graduating Lamar, he signed with Baylor University under legendary coach Bill Henderson. Richard’s teammates nicknamed him “Pogo” because of his jumping ability. He was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Richard married Emily George in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor and then attended physical therapy school in Dallas. After Richard finished school, he and Emily returned to Houston and raised two daughters, Robyn and Allison.
In 1965, after a couple of years in private practice, Richard recognized a need to provide hospitals with fully staffed physical therapy departments and founded Tinsley Physical Therapy. From his first contract at Houston’s Diagnostic Hospital, he built TPT into one of the largest privately owned therapy contracting companies in the country, and he was widely credited with creating the model for successful management of PT services.
Throughout his life, Richard was actively involved with an array of healthcare, community, athletic and social organizations.
A private memorial was held by his family, with a celebration of life planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that remembrances in his honor could appropriately be directed to the charity of one’s choice or the Richard D. Tinsley Endowed Athletic Scholarship Fund in Basketball, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798-7050, or online at https://baylor.edu/give/inmemory/RTinsley
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