Richard Curtis Dickerman was born January 31, 1934, in Chicago, IL and grew up in Bowling Green, OH. He attended Wooster College for undergraduate studies in biology. During summers in college he worked for the National Forest Service spending time in the western United States. After college, he spent 2 years in the Army Medical Corps stationed at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. He enrolled in graduate school at the University of Texas where he met his future wife, Lois, and obtained a graduate degree in radiation genetics. Upon graduation, he accepted a teaching position at Emporia State Teachers College in Kansas where he and Lois spent three years. He then entered a two year post-doctoral program at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, IL. Upon completion of his post-doctorate work, he accepted a professorship at Cleveland State University and moved his family to Shaker Heights, OH in 1967. He remained at CSU for the remainder of his career, first touching the lives of many students as a biology professor, and later transitioning to the position of Director Undergraduate Admissions and Records. He was especially focused on older students that had great potential, but did not do well in college in their younger years and excelled when given a second opportunity to get a college degree.
Dick is survived by his wife Lois, daughter Beth Poe and her husband Brian, grandchildren Braden and Brenna Poe and Nathaniel, Eryn and Shelby Dickerman and daughter in law Melanie; sister Eldeen Church, nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Andrew. Upon retirement, he lived out a dream of moving to Estes Park, Colorado where he and Lois enjoyed many years of hiking, volunteering for Rocky Mountain National Park and the community, and traveling. Dick’s never-ending happiness and optimism will be missed by many.
A private family service will be held at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Nature Association in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Dick’s family.