Campus; Athletics Department Mourns Loss of Phil Rehders '08

Phil Rehders ’08 passed away early Sunday morning. The swimming alumnus was visiting campus at the time.

“The Rehders family has my deepest sympathies,” said Director of Athletics, Patricia S.W. Epps. “It is at times like these, when we feel most vulnerable, that the true Diplomat spirit is the strongest.”

Rehders was a captain as both a junior and senior when F&M won Centennial Conference Championships. He was on the roster for three championship seasons, and was a member of the Centennial record-setting 400-yard medley relay teams. He was also a member of two relay teams that established Centennial Conference Championship Meet records.

Rehders remains the school’s record holder in the 100-yard butterfly, and was also a member of three relay teams that hold current school records. He maintains top ten times in seven individual events.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rehders family,” said head swimming coach, Bob Rueppel. “As a team we were devastated by the news, and it will be a long emotional road back. My concern right now is to be with my athletes to start the healing process.”

Services for Rehders will be held this weekend and will be attended by his teammates, coaches and College officials.

Memorial Service
Friday October 10
Thompson Memorial Home | 310 Broad Street | Red Bank, NJ 0771
2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Service
Saturday, October 11
St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church
7 Lincoln Avenue | Rumson, NJ | 07760
10:00 a.m.