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G. Micheal Riley Obituary
Riley, G. Micheal
1934 - 2017
Dr. G. Micheal Riley died peacefully in his home in Delaware, OH, Sunday, August 6, 2017 culminating a long, full life highlighted by a distinguished academic career and a loving family. Mike was born in Silver City, New Mexico on April 22, 1934 to Randolph and Jeanne Rankin Riley. The older child of National Forest Service ranger who often was away from home, Mike learned to navigate the terrains of the American West and developed an affinity for the outdoors. After receiving his Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 1956, Mike joined the United States Army, where he served as a tank commander at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and earned the rank of Major. Mike earned his Master's degree in history in 1961 and his Ph.D. in history in 1965, both from the University of New Mexico. He went on to serve as a history professor at Colorado State University, Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he eventually was named Associate Dean of Humanities. He married Denise Ann Schneider on May 29, 1967 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1983, Mike joined the administration of the Ohio State University where he served as Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of History until his retirement in 2002. Blessed with a great intellect and an infectious laugh, Mike often was happiest when telling entertaining stories to his friends, his family and his cats. Throughout his life, Mike was guide by a curious mind and a strong sense of mischief. He is survived by his wife, Denise; his daughters, Kathleen and Jennifer; his grandchildren, Riley and Theo Williamson; and a house full of assorted pets. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Humane Society of Delaware County.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 14, 2017
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