Retired Texas A&M Aggie Players Theater Arts Professor, Bob “Coach” Wenck died quietly at his home in Bryan, Tx. Friday evening April 8th 2022, with his son Robert Jr. at his bedside. A graveside memorial & interment service will be held at Norwood Cemetery, Hearne, Tx. Wednesday April 20th at 10am. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Centers of Bryan College Station.
Bob “Coach” was born in Fresno, California. He was, son of August and Ruth Wenck, brother of Elizabeth Miller (nee Wenck). Bob was a voracious reader and took to the theater from a young age. He grew up in Monahans and Midland Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1958. He was active duty enlisted US Army from 1960 to 1963. He then went back to graduate school at UT and A&M and earned a Liberal Arts Masters Degree. He then taught english, speech and theater arts at Texas A&M for over 34 years.
Apart from his devotion to his family, his three passions in life were; Theater (directing plays), Sport Motorcycle Touring and early morning coffee at The Kettle doing the New York Times crossword.
To his Aggie Players students he was “Coach”.
To the waitresses at The Kettle he was “Honey-Bob” (because he took honey in his coffee instead of sugar).
To his sons he was simply Daddy.
His greatest motorcycling accomplishment was; Completing the USTRA: America the Beautiful & SCMA: USA 4 Corners Tours simultaneously May 11 – 31, 1985. It was 10,528 miles, in 21 days, through 30 states, Washington, DC. and three Canadian provinces.
He directed thousands of actors over the years and rode hundreds of thousands of mile on sport-touring motorcycles.
He is preceded in death by his sister Elizabeth Miller and parents August & Ruth Wenck.
He is survived by his ex-wife Aileen Hendricks, his two sons August and Robert Jr., his nephew Curt Miller and his niece Rachael Nelson.
Coach was one of the most important people in my life. He was my major professor at A&M. He was my favorite director and teacher. He taught me so very much. Because of him, I have taught theater and I have directed. He was a tremendous mentor for all of it! My life would have been significantly different without him. Rest In Peace, Coach. I’m forever grateful. Love, Karen
This man was, and always will be, “The Mighty Wenck”. “Coach” to so many students and friends.
Like Karen, Coach had a huge influence on me which carries over even to today. I continued with acting after leaving Aggieland and the Aggie Players. I directed and taught theater at Trinity Valley College years after Coach’s direct influence. One of Coach’s greatest attributes was the love and compassion he had for his students. As an example, when I was just a freshman at A&M, we were preparing for producing “Godspell”, and it had been decided that the Players would rent my drums for the orchestra. Coach picked me up in College Station, we drove to Palestine to get my drums, and while we were there, Coach sat for about two hours talking with my folks, and assuring them that I was, and would continue to be okay as a little fish in a big pond because I was part of his tribe, and he would see to it that I thrived at A&M. I never forgot that. Coach, you are greatly loved by many, and will be sorely missed.
Coach Wenck changed my life. He took this directionless, shy college student with a terrible inferiority complex and gave me the gift of wonder, companionship and focus. His inspiration guided me so that I could function and grow. He taught me skills that allowed me to have a long, satisfying career in communications. He helped me develop as a human, husband and father. He was my touchstone, my mentor and my friend for life. Rest in Peace Coach
Lighting a candle for the man who lit up our stages and our minds.
I met Mr. Wenck in 1968. For the last 54 years I have been blessed with his friendship. He was a teacher, director, coach, but first and foremost a friend. He figured out that I loved directing and gave me so many opportunities to sit next to him as assistant director. He then took a leap of faith and let me direct “The Glass Menagerie “ with him as set and lighting designer. I appreciated all the great times with his family and the many cups of coffee. Oh, so many memories! Thank you for believing in me and so many others. You will be missed…Always.