Alan Riedel

Alan E. Riedel

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Ohio University mourns the loss of alumnus and enthusiastic Bobcat Alan E. Riedel

Alan Ellis Riedel passed away on June 14, 2016. Born in Bellaire, Ohio, in 1930, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. 

Riedel graduated from Ohio University in 1952 and married Ruby Pearl Tignor in Newark, Ohio, the following year. They carried on a life-long love affair for 62 years with each other, with Ohio, and with Ohio University. 

After graduating from OHIO, Riedel was accepted into Case Western Reserve Law School where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. In June 1955, he received the top grade in the State of Ohio on the State Bar exam. 

Upon graduation from law school, Riedel accepted a position at the law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked from 1955 to 1960. 

He joined a client, Cooper Bessemer, now Cooper Industries, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1960 as general attorney and retired in 1994 as vice chairman. Alan and Ruby Riedel and their three children moved to Houston, Texas, in 1967 when Cooper Industries moved its headquarters from Mount Vernon.

During his lifetime, Alan and Ruby Riedel have provided many scholarships, endowing 11 Cutler Scholarships at Ohio University and various athletic scholarships. OHIO honored Riedel as Alumnus of the Year in 1986 and with an honorary doctor of law degree in 1994. OHIO’s College of Business awarded him an “Achievement in Business” award in 1984. His college fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, honored him with its highest award, the “Alumni Achievement Award” in 1990.

Active in civic and community affairs, Riedel served two terms on the Mount Vernon, Ohio, City Council; served as chairman of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas; was chair of The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees for five years; was chairman of the Houston Pops Orchestra Board; and was moderator and trustee of First Congregational Church in Houston.

Riedel served on several corporate boards including Cooper Industries as vice chairman; Belden, Inc. in St. Louis; Gardner Denver as chairman in Quincy, Illinois; The Standard Products Company in Cleveland, Ohio; First Knox National Bank in Mount Vernon, Ohio; Arkwright Mutual Insurance Company in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Factory Mutual International in Johnston, Rhode Island.

Riedel is survived by his wife Ruby; son Ralph Riedel; daughter Amy Bone and husband John; son John Riedel and wife Betsy; grandchildren Jennifer Stockhausen and husband Sean; Ralph Riedel and wife Emily; Matthew Riedel; Chris Bone; Michael Bone; Alyssa Riedel; Ben Riedel; Matthew Riedel; and great-grandson, Thomas Stockhausen.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17 in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston. The funeral service is to be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 in the chapel of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston. At a later date, the family will gather for a private interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark, Ohio. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Alan Riedel to the Cutler Scholar Konneker-Ping Fund care of The Ohio University Foundation, P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio, 45701.