Dr. Richard Frederick Riehl
Updated 12:02 pm, Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Dr. Richard Frederick Riehl, 83, of Fairfield, died June 29 at home.
Born and raised in Bridgeport, he was a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon. After high school, he joined the Army in 1946 and was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, with the 304 Signal Battalion until 1948.
Following the war, he graduated from the University of Connecticut. From 1952-56, he attended Temple Dental School and continued his education to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Cornell New York Hospital from 1956-59. He also received his board certification during that time, and then did his oral surgeon residency at Bellevue New York University. He practiced as a surgeon in Fairfield for 30 years, taught at the University of Bridgeport University and was the chief of oral surgery for 10 years at Bridgeport Hospital.
Dick was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and boating, as well as golf. While attending UConn, he was the founder of the Fishing and Outdoors Club and was a member of the SAE Fraternity.
Survivors include his children, Douglas Riehl (Debbie), Pamela Szakal (Lou), Trish Donlevy (Kevin), Penny Taback (Scott); grandchildren, Conor and Brendan Donlevy, Kathleen, Scotty and Bryce Taback, and step-gandchildren, Allison, Jessica and Kari Szakal. He was predeceased by his wife, Moira Heuston Riehl, and a son, Bradley Riehl.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Salem Lutheran Church, 3160 Park Ave., Bridgeport. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Connecticut Veterans Hospital, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com.