Richard Liebe
In Memory of
Richard Milton Mather
1932 - 2016
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Obituary for Richard Milton Mather Liebe

Richard Milton Mather  Liebe
Brevard - Richard “Dick” Liebe passed away on 10/18/16 in Asheville, NC. Dick was born on 05/26/32 in Norwalk, Connecticut and raised in Killingworth, Connecticut. He graduated from Bates College, Lewiston Maine, in 1954 and served in the U.S. army 1955-1957. He received an MA from the University of Houston and PhD from the University of Iowa. He obtained his first teaching job at the College of Wooster from 1961 – 1967. Dick then taught geology at the State University of New York, Brockport, N.Y. for more than thirty years. Dick loved to teach anyone who would listen, and was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award in 1973.
Dick retired from teaching in 1997 and spent his later years enjoying hiking and traveling. He and Janice lived in Tucson, AZ during the winter months and at Keuka Lake, Hammondsport, N. Y. in the summer and fall.
Dick was an avid sports fan, especially of his favorite Yankees, often to his family’s chagrin. He was an amazing card player, who was regularly beating his family at bridge up until the time of his death. Dick had a big presence in this world, with a booming voice and unstoppable sense of humor that won’t soon be forgotten.
Dick is proceeded in death by his parents, Milton and Elizabeth Liebe. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 61 years, Janice, and their three children: William (Glenn Anne) Nashville, TN, John (Sue), Brockport, NY, and Diane (Kyle), Granger, WA, and his 6 grandsons: Reuben, Kevin, Douglas, Brian, Eric, and George.
A ceremony of celebration was held on October 22 at 2:00 PM at College Walk, Brevard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, 6111 Visitor Center Rd, Mt Morris, NY, 14510; First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan, N. Y. 311 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527; and/or Sharing House, P. O. Box 958, Brevard NC 28712.
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