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Richard A. (Dick) Eribes

Obituary
  • "In our architectural community; practitioner and academic,..."
    - Nancy Harper
  • "Although I only knew Dick for a short time, he touched my..."
    - Lara Alonso
  • "JoAnn, Shirley and I just learned of Dick's passing and..."
  • "JoAnn, I was so sad after opening your email. My heart and..."
  • "Dear JoAnn, I am so saddened by your loss. He was truly..."
    - Vicki Norton

Richard A. (Dick) Eribes architect, professor and Dean Emeritus, passed away at home on September 7, 2013. His wife of 47 years, JoAnn, daughter, and grandchildren were at his side. Born into modest circumstances on June 11, 1942, Dick went on to touch the lives of hundreds of students, colleagues, family members and friends with his great generosity of spirit. He earned an Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and, after practicing as a licensed architect for several years, returned to school for a Master's degree in Architecture and a PhD in Urban Studies. He married JoAnn Miraula in 1966, and their daughter Kathy was born in 1970. Dick began his academic career in 1976 as an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and progressed to the position of Associate Dean by 1993. He then served as Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico until 1997 and Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Vice President of Campus Planning at the University of Arizona until his retirement in 2009. As a complement to his scholarly achievements, he continued to practice architecture, garnering awards for his affordable housing designs. His work, both written and constructed, manifested his lifelong commitment to social and economic justice. Throughout his entire career, Dick was renowned for the care and kindness he showed to everyone around him. He spent countless hours mentoring students and junior colleagues individually, with true concern for their professional development and personal lives. He treated those who depended on him as if they were family, sharing their struggles with compassion and glowing with quiet pride when they met with success. His conduct was always without reproach; he was a firm ethical leader who operated with modesty, and humility. Dick was also an elegant man, admired for his poise and sartorial splendor. He always carried himself with dignity and yet he was beloved for his irreverence and wit. He loved to laugh; perhaps lived to laugh. The attitude was very contagious. As much as he was a public figure, Dick was a dedicated family man. He and JoAnn celebrated their 47th anniversary this year. After his retirement he was able to spend more time with their daughter, Kathy, and with his three granddaughters. Ever modest, Dick requested no memorial services. His family asks that in accordance with Dick's wishes, donations be made in his memory to the Richard A. Eribes Scholarship endowment for students of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. Checks should be payable to the UA Foundation / CAPLA, and sent to: CAPLA Development Office, 1040 N. Olive Rd., P.O. Box 210075, Tucson, AZ, 85721. His friends and loved ones offer this missive: "Una lagrima y una flor para un gran hombre y un querido amigo".


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 22, 2013
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