RC graduate, CBS correspondent dies

A famous alumnus and former trustee of Ripon College died last week Friday morning in a traffic accident.

Richard “Dick” Threlkeld, best known as a CBS News correspondent, died in a two-vehicle accident in East Hampton, N.Y., where he lived.

He was killed when the Mini Cooper he was driving collided with a propane tanker truck.

Threlkeld was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was raised in Barrington, Ill., before attending Ripon College.

At the time of his passing, the class of 1959 alumnus was 74; he is survived by his wife, Betsy Aaron, and two daughters.

“He’ll be missed not only for his accomplishments in his personal life, but also for his support of the college,” said Jerry Seaman, interim president of Ripon College.

Bob Kirkland, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, agreed.

“Even though he was kind of a famous guy, he still was a fully engaged trustee,” he said. “He always made time for the students, whether it was going into their classes or meeting with them.

“... He was a guy who just loved Ripon College and loved what it did for his career.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 19, 2012 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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