posted April 30, 2014

Emeritus Professor Dr. Norman W. Rieck Dies

Dr. Norman W. Rieck of Holland, who retired in 1986 as professor emeritus of biology after teaching at Hope for 24 years, died on Tuesday, April 29.  He was 91.

Rieck joined the Hope faculty in 1962.  His specialty was in neuroanatomy, the study of the nervous system.

He was the first person at Hope to coordinate and advise all students who were headed for health professions.  He introduced new courses to the biology curriculum, such as fundamentals of the human nervous system, and human anatomy for pre-med and nursing students.  He had also advised the college’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-med honorary society, for 14 years, until 1977.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air traffic controller in India and China.

He completed his undergraduate degree at Hope, majoring in biology, in 1953.  He subsequently completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in anatomy at the University of Michigan in 1956 and 1957 respectively.

Prior to joining the Hope faculty, he taught anatomy at the Temple University Medical School and the University of Michigan Medical School.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ellen; a son, Dr. Richard and Dr. Susan Rieck; and three grandchildren, Richard, Elizabeth and William.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Third Reformed Church in Holland, 111 W. 13th St.  Funeral services will be at the church on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Kent Fry and Kama Jongerius officiating.  Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel, dykstrafuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norman and Ellen Lidston-Rieck Scholarship Fund at Hope College or th the Third Reformed Church Memorial Fund.