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In Memoriam: Richard Riedman

Riedman helped establish SDSU’s audiology program in the 1960s.
By SDSU News Team

Richard “Dick” Riedman, who taught at San Diego State for more than 30 years, passed away in January 2019 at the age of 85. He retired from SDSU in 1992, having helped to establish the audiology major.

Riedman was born and raised in Long Beach, California. From his father’s family, he inherited a lifelong love of ranching and horses. He rode in the Rose Parade for many years alongside the Long Beach Mounted Police.

He received a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Redlands and then served in the Armed Forces for two years before continuing his education at the University of Pittsburgh.

After earning a Ph.D. in audiology in 1962, he joined what was then San Diego State College. He relocated to Oregon after retirement and served on medical teams traveling to Mexico and South America.

Riedman is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathi Hoffer; daughters Laura and Suzy; sons Richard and Tom by his first marriage to Ann Carson; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held in June.