• Muehlig Funeral Chapel
    Ann Arbor, MI
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Carl Hermann Rinne 1936 - 2013
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
My condolences to you. Tamara, I knew you in junior high school so many years ago. It was beautiful to read of your love affair with Carl. And remembering you, and your orchestration of our gang's adventures, it was pretty easy to imagine you and Carl's wonderful home, and the love and light it contained. My thoughts and good wishes are with you.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Thank you to all who signed and read this guest book for remembering my father with so much love and admiration. He lived a fulfilling, stimulating, and blessed life, and I know that he would have been filled with humility and gratitude at all the feelings--expressed or silent--of all of you who gave him joy, peace, and love over the years. My special thanks go to Tamara, whose love and devotion to him cannot be described in words. She made his very difficult struggle with Lewy Bodies Dementia in his last years a time of warmth and loving care. And I am so grateful for my brother John David, who was there for him in so many ways over the years. Poppi, you will never be forgotten, and your legacy lives on in so many ways. We will always love you.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
I was so sorry to read today (almost a year later) of Dr. Rinne's illness and passing. He was an inspiration to me when I was an age-advantaged student. I adored his L.E.T. Class and enjoyed working for him on coding the data from his observations of Japanese schools and being one of the proofreaders of his book on classroom control. I have 2 copies! I send my sympathy to his family.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I had the privilege to have Carl as a client early in my career. His ideas were truly ahead of their time. He couldn't have been a nicer man and it was a joy to work with him and Tamara. I was extremely saddened to find out he had passed. Deepest sympathy to all of Carl's family.
Sunday, February 09, 2014

I was so sorry to hear about Carl's passing. We will be listening to jazz in his honor.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I'm so sorry to read of Carl's passing. He was my dad's treasured friend, and a friend to all our family. I'll never forget when I was sitting with my dad in the ER after he had heart problems. Carl showed up to visit, even though he was himself in a wheelchair from a foot injury at the time.
Sometimes my dad and Carl practiced trombone at my house. I worked in the garden and listened to their beautiful music through the open windows. It was heavenly.
I also deeply appreciated the generosity of Carl and the Jazzbones in performing for veterans at the VA hospital.

My deepest sympathy to all of Carl's family.
Thank you Carl. We'll miss you.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
It was a privilege to know and play music with Carl and my heart goes out to Tamara and all of Carl's family. He was a gracious friend and an expressive and fun loving musician who brought positive energy to everything he did.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Carl was always kind and serene. I will remember his gentle manner fondly.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
My sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Rinne. Carl was a professor of mine when I attended college in Flint in the late 70s. In the terrible employment climate of the 80s I quit teaching after a six year slog in substituting. Many years later I was working in a retail shop in Kerrytown in Ann Arbor. One night in walked Carl Rinne, the only customer in the store at that time. It took me a minute to realize who he was. When he wandered by I said, "Hmm, you must be a college professor." He looked at me quizzically and said, "Yes, I was.". So I looked downward and said, "Probably a professor of English, no, hmm, Education." He looked at me rather thunderstruck and said, "I was a professor of Education, how did you know that?" I said, "It's your shoes. Those are the sort of shoes you might wear if you're a professor in a field like that." So he looked at his shoes a while, pondering. When I'd enjoyed myself enough I let the cat out of the bag. He got quite a laugh out of that. I explained to him that while he was an excellent professor of Education I had found that being a teacher didn't really suit me. I reminded him that he used to say that, having been a principal in Chicago, that "teaching was a percentage game." I said that this cuts both ways, and that some who had been enthused by teaching might later choose a different path, and that at any rate, I always used the principle of "active listening" which he taught me in a retail setting. No education really goes to waste if you think about it, and I often wonder where I would be if not for great teachers like Carl.

Jerry Drummond
U of M Flint Class of 80
Thursday, December 12, 2013
How well I remember Carl from our UM-Flint days. It is hard to believe that he is no longer with us. My heart reaches out to his family.
Renate McLaughlin
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Carl was a close and dear friend. We shared many wonderful times with Carl and Tamara. Their home, "The Church on Fountain Street" will remain as a tribute to the music,plays,dinners and socializing that took place there. He will be missed by many in a wide variety of circles.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tamara: You were truly the "good wife" in your diligent and loving care of Carl. I heard from JD of your constant checking to see that he got the best care. Melissa, John David and I so appreciate this.
I'm sorry I was not in town to say goodbye to a very talented and interesting guy. . All the best. Mary Barnett
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sad to hear of Carl's passing. My father and I were honored to know Carl. My father, Jerry got to know Carl while working on several construction projects for him over the years. My father and I together had the pleasure of working on restoring the historic church. He was so proud of the project as were we. Carl was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a kind, genuine man and a pleasure to work with. I only wish I had been able to take my father to see him as we had talked about and planned before he passed in April 2012. Prayers to John and all of Carl's family for their loss.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I was fortunate to be one of Dr. Rinne's students back in the early 1980s when he was working on the final draft of his “Fundamentals of Classroom Control.” I recall how cool it was to be working from his galley proofs of the upcoming text. Dr. Rinne taught us many things, the most important of which was how to incorporate classroom distractions into the lesson so that we could provide 100% content during class. It's more complicated and nuanced than that, but it was an amazing argument. I may not have gone into the K-12 career I had originally set out for, but his ideas and intellect, humanity and decency influenced my teaching and life in a profound way.

I can still see his kind, smiling face and that wonderful wink he would give when you got something right – or when you at least tried. He made everyone feel special and you always knew he cared. He gave all of his students something to dream of and believe in.

My heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Rinne's family and friends. I wish I had let him know how much his work and his teaching meant to me. Because it did. And that is the real reward of a life spent in teaching – the knowledge that you mattered. That you made a difference.

Carl Rinne mattered – he made a difference. I think of him nearly every time I go into a classroom, seeing his winks guiding my way. And there are many former students out there that feel the same way.

Thank you for letting me share these memories. I just wanted to say a few words on how fortunate we all were to be blessed with his work, scholarship, attention, and humanity,
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our sympathy to Tamara and to Carl's children. Carl's inquisitive mind and love of life brought a smile to so many.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
John David and Melissa,
We were saddened to read the news of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult period.
Love - Michelle and Paul Barnett
Thursday, December 12, 2013
"We're all just walking each other home."
Ram Dass

My deepest sympathy Tamara and Family. I can't tell you how much I will miss Carl.
Peace & Blessings,
Nancy Davis
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tamara and the rest of Carl's family. He was a strong presence in our lives and dear friend. We had many good times together, and we will miss him deeply. Best wishes, Ned and Barbey Dougherty
Thursday, December 12, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts at this time. Carl was a wonderful, kind person who will be missed by all. Love and prayers Rich and Mindy Moeller
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our hearts and prayers to the Rinne family especially Tamara who lovingly cared for Carl always. Deepest Sympathy, Deb and Mike Jett
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Carl was thoughtful, so caring and giving, a fabulous musician and a true gentleman.
Condolences to Tamara and his children.
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