Richard Western

Richard Western

Sunday, October 5th, 1941 Friday, August 16th, 2019

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Obituary for Richard D. Western

Richard Daniel Western—a true friend, a caring mentor, a gentle man with a quick wit—died August 16, 2019 at age 77.

Richard was a lifelong scholar, teacher, writer and editor. After earning his undergraduate degrees and PhD from the University of Minnesota, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught for 26 years in the School of Education. Throughout his tenure there he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on curriculum development and the teaching of English as well as serving as an advisor for Master’s and Doctoral candidates. After his formal retirement, he continued to teach classes at UW-M and at Concordia University until 2007 when he and his wife Linda (Leaf) moved to a home on Lake Ellwood near Florence, Wisconsin where he continued his studies and editing.

Richard shared his many intellectual interests with a love for the outdoors, first developing these interests as a camper and counselor at Camp Widjiwagan, the St. Paul YMCA’s canoe camp located near Ely, Minnesota. Richard’s legacy—his love of learning and of the Boundary Waters and Quetico parks—is embraced by his family. His children, John Richard and Sarah Denise, followed him at Widji as campers and counselors. Now Lauren and Nicholas, children of John and Victoria (Gollwitzer) and Kiera and Bryn, daughters of Sarah and Henry Sullivan (also a Widjiwagan camper and counselor) are Widji campers, too. In honor of Richard’s lifetime appreciation of the many values developed in young people through camping experiences, tributes can be sent to:

Western-Leaf Family Endowment Fund for YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
NW 5901, P.O. Box 1450
Minneapolis, MN 55485-5901

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Dina Aho

We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss you at Annie’s Trading Post. Thoughts and Prayers to you all💗💗💗
Comment | Posted at 01:00pm via Condolence

DeAnn Huinker

Dick was a treasured and respected colleague at UWM. He will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness and kindness. He will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 08:15am via Condolence

Cyrus Smith

Dick was a valued colleague and a dear friend. I had the good fortune to teach alongside him at Horace Mann Middle School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Our class was group of experience teachers who asked us to provide instruction in contemporary reading and writing methodology. Dick carefully planned and delivered the latest composition strategies to this eager audience. I learned much about delivering new teaching strategies to veteran teachers. Dick was respected by students and colleagues throughout UWM. He will be missed by many.
Comment | Posted at 05:12pm via Condolence

Paul Haubrich

Dick will be remembered for his reflective style and his academic rigor. He enjoyed student contact and was respected for his careful attention to detail that made him a respected critic whose opinion was sought by many. He was a valued colleague.
Paul Haubrich, Emeritus UWM.
Comment | Posted at 05:58pm via Condolence

James M. Kuist

Sad to hear that such a good man has left us. Dick and I had many contacts over the years at UWM, and he was also involved with students and faculty in English Dept. exchanges with the university in Giessen, Germany. He was a great favorite of our graduate students and faculty as the non-departmental presence on graduate exams. His blend of personal kindness and great knowledge was rare in our world. His is a life I'll always fondly remember. Jim Kuist, Emeritus Professor of English, UWM.
Comment | Posted at 04:52pm via Condolence

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