What a great bio - so inspirational. it is personalities like the Riis family that make our planet a better place. Warm Wishes from your good friends in the Southland.
I'm sorry for your loss, Muriel. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eva Dunbar, redding, california
What a wonderfully accomplished man! So sorry for your loss, Rob, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Much love to you.
all my good thoughts go out to muriel - we both share a passion for the new york times.
I remember Mr. Riis from when I was attending Magnolia in the 60's. I didn't know he was a war hero. What a nice thing to learn about him. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Best wishes from all your friends in Santa Rosa.
I am in awe of Dick's life and work which embodies enduring principles of equitable education in all public roles he played. His lifetime of leadership skills helped FEMA when he arrived in L.A. during Northridge Earthquake 20 years ago. In his own way, he was a force of nature certainly impacting the well-being of Redding. My admiration goes out to Dick's family for their support and loving kindness.
Our sympathies on your loss of Dick. Our entire family loved him! Darlene, Kathy and David Blancett.
Dick was my inspiration for leadership. He fostered my passion for education! Dick hired me in the mid-70s. From that point, I knew that I had a person who would encourage me to be all that I could, in order to help children achieve all that they could. He is the person who told me that if you hear a "no" to look for a different way until I heard a "yes." Little did we know that his influence would be taken to other states, Japan, & China. I'll always remember Dick for his true grit & amazing compassion. Thank you, Dick, for allowing me to learn from the BEST! Sincerely, Kay Quibell Rice
We will always remember Dick for his support and encouragement as we struggled through those early years of teaching. He was a positive influence in so many lives.
You will always be remembered for the fairness that you always provided equally, right down to your famous paddle. Will always remember the tennis tournaments and the trips out of town. Rest in Peace Coach. Sequoia, class of 1951
Dick accomplished so much, with Muriel by his side. As a retired teacher in the Redding School District, he listened to me, considered what I wanted, then acted as to what would/was in the best interest of both students and me. He was always correct. Because of his commitment to Redding, much has been accomplished over decades. A long, productive life, well lived. In admiration and appreciation. Thank you, Muriel for your part.
Dick Riis hired me in the late 70s for a teaching position. It lead to over 34 years teaching for the Redding School District. He was always very supportive and encouraging. Dick was a fine man and an excellent administrator. Few could match his dedication to public service and the youth of Shasta County. He will be missed.
I worked with dick when he was on the County Planning Commission. he was a very stand up guy, very fair and a joy to work with. I'll miss him greatly. RIP Dick.
Mr. Riis served as an interim superintendent in the district where I worked. He was very good at his craft. Mr. Riis sincerely cared about the families and staff, and the quality of education that was offered. He was a kind and caring man that I remember with respect and affection.
Dick Riis was a great school administrator, as a past student
of Cypress, Magnolia and Sequoia
I can personally attest he was
more than willing to use that
paddle he kept around in his office.
While I was at Sequoia I was pretty
impressed when I saw him in his national guard uniform. He looked like a general to me. Being a veteran I am even more impressed finding out about his earlier army history. The people of Redding, CA can thank men and women like this who gave unselfishly of themselves to this community. I appreciate it MR Riis.
Sending love to Robert, Richard and Mrs. Riis.
What a privilege it was to share so many great memories though out the years with both Mr. And Mrs Riis
I remember many conversations with Mr. Riis regarding choosing a college, the importance of goals and taking pride in doing your best. He was such an incredible role model and very influential on not just my life but my brothers as well. I loved his stories, his lessons, and valued his guidance. He was extended family for sure.
What a great man...thank you for all you gave Mr. Riis..they just don't make them like you anymore.
Love you dearly,
Dick touched so many of us in so many ways. First in the Redding schools, later in the Redding Guard unit, and later as an always contributing member of the community. Dick was a man who lived a life that truly made a difference. You have served us all and earned you rest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
I will forever remember the fun of learning tennis and golf from this wonderful Physical Ed teacher.
I will turn home at last once more
Knowing that a true soldier's rest
Once earned is sweet
His peace complete
Who gave until the last his best
I have many fond memories of "Coach"!! I like to think of him as my friend who was an inspiration and role model in my youth. Bobby Friebel, Southaven, MS
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mr. Riis was a good man. A man with great character. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with him on my return visits for school reunions.
Jim Miklich (Sequoia Class of 1954)
A great friend and inspiration for many years. Thanks Dick for all your kindness and guidance.
.....and Yes, Mr. Riis, you were one of a kind. Thank you for the years, and thank you for the memories. From another who wrote a letter to the Redding School District,