Dr. Richard Riedman passed away on January 21, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon, where he had resided for more than two decades. Dr. Riedman, “Dick” to his many colleagues, family and friends, played a central role in the establishment of the Audiology emphasis in what was then largely a Speech Pathology major. That major evolved into the department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, then the department of Communicative Disorders, and is now the School of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences. Dick arrived at what was San Diego State College in 1962, immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he earned a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Redlands. He remained at San Diego State until 1992, when he retired, having served SDSU for 30 years. By the time of his retirement, San Diego State College had become San Diego State University. As the University grew, so did the Audiology department, adding faculty and staff and enlarging its mission. In 2019, it has a remarkable Ph.D program, outstanding ongoing research, and esteemed clinical services. These began with Dick Riedman, Dr. Sue Earnest, and President Malcolm Love, among others. Higher education pioneers left a strong legacy.
Dick and his wife, Dr. Kathi Hoffer, were a popular couple, outdoor enthusiasts brimming with health and optimism. Kathi had a connection to SDSU also, serving as a staff member and a lecturer while here. They participated in many sports activities while in San Diego, expanding those adventures once Dick retired. In tune with nature, he loved rivers, oceans and mountains, so he backpacked in the Sierras, cycled through Europe, hiked, planted trees, and worked with horses, continuing to ride horses even after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in 2009. Dick was a soft spoken man with a wry sense of humor. People listened to him. Quietly confident, he led his life with assurance and grace.