dr. RICHARD L. FAIRGRIEVES, 75 BELVIDERE - Dr. Richard L. Fairgrieves, 75, of Belvidere died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at home after a short illness. He was born Oct. 22, 1937, in Belvidere, son of Charles and Maybelle (Welin) Fairgrieves. Richard was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in 1959 and M.S. degree in 1960. He then received his Ed. M. degree from Harvard University in 1965, his C.A.S. degree from Northern Illinois University in 1973 and an Ed. D. degree in 1980. Richard married Elsie Bruhn in Belvidere on Aug. 30, 1959. Richard taught science at Belvidere High School from 1960 to 1967 and served as head of the science department for three years. He was superintendent at Shirland Community Consolidated School District 134, in Winnebago County from 1967 to 1983; he served as assistant superintendent of schools for Boone-Winnebago counties from 1983 to 1987 before becoming Regional Superintendent of Schools from August 1987 until retiring June 30, 2011. He received many university honors which included: National Science Foundation Fellowship at Harvard University in 1964 and 1965, Graduate Fellowship at University of Illinois in 1959-1960, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Achievement in 1959, University Honors at University of Illinois in 1959, Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honorary in 1959, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Scholastic Honorary in 1956 and the Bronze Tablet - University of Illinois 1958. His other honorary achievements in Belvidere consist of All Millennium Belvidere Bucs Football Team and Belvidere Bucs Football Hall of Fame in October 2012. He also served on many committees and boards and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Richard is survived by wife, Elsie; son, Alan (Dara) Fairgrieves of Mableton, Ga.; daughter, Karen (Steven Donaldson) Fairgrieves of Davis, Calif.; three grandchildren, Tessa and Jonathan Fairgrieves, and Bennett Donaldson; sister, Beverly Pyszka of Belvidere; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents; and brother, Charles. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Crone, pastor officiating. Burial in Orth Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: R.O.E. Richard L. Fairgrieves Scholarship Fund c/o Riverside Community Bank, 6855 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL 61114. To express condolences, please visit buckwheelerhyland.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012