Richard “Rick” G. Reider
Richard G. Reider died August 14, 2013. He was 72 years old.
Richard Reider was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in nearby Golden, Colorado. He attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received his B.A. in history in 1963, and his M.A. in geography in 1965. After teaching high school for a year in Edgewater, Colorado, he entered the University of Nebraska where he received his Ph.D. in geography in 1969. That same year he was hired by the University of Wyoming as an assistant professor. A physical geographer with interests in soils and paleoenvironments, Rick remained at Wyoming until his retirement in 2001. His teaching rotation included introductory physical geography, weather and climate, field methods, and landforms and soils. Rick was well-published with much of his work focused on Wyoming and Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain West generally. He edited the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Geographical Journal from 1976 to 1980. Rick was an excellent mentor of graduate students, advising nearly three dozen during his career. He also served as departmental chair in the mid-1980s and again in the early 1990s.