He attended the University of Utah and U.C. Berkeley, where he amassed his degrees, honors and awards. He was a dedicated member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He was a professor of English at Shasta College for 40 years, from 1964 to 2004. After retiring, he conducted historical research on 19th and early 20th century figures on the Colorado Plateau, including the storied life of his relative, Henry Goodman.
As a father, no man could have been prouder than he was of his beloved children: Jennifer Foster of Danville, Calif., and Rich Dalrymple of Chico, Calif. As a doting grandfather, no one could have been more grateful to have been blessed with the grandchildren he was given: Henry and Jackson Dalrymple of Chico, and Riley, Gillian, and Fiona Foster of Danville. His children and his grandchildren were his bright stars and his most precious gifts. They were his life, his joy, his everything; he could not have loved them more.
Dick was fiercely proud of his Scots’ heritage. He was a pigeon fancier extraordinaire and a lover of dogs, primarily his Irish wolfhounds, but also a yapping horde of five Cairn terriers. Anyone who shared his love for Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, medieval literature, Charles Dickens or Alec Guinness instantly recognized a kindred spirit. He was a life-long, ferociously loyal fan of the University of Utah Utes. He was an enormously gifted teacher, and the legacy of respect and affection he left in his students is indelible and will live on in those who had the good fortune to study with him. To say he will be sorely missed is not sufficient. He was indispensable to his family, his friends, and his colleagues. In the words of Shakespeare’s Horatio, “[we] shall not look upon his like again.”
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m., Pilgrim Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, Calif.