Let the memory of David be with us forever
  • 92 years old
  • Born on April 9, 1921 .
  • Passed away on April 4, 2014 .
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Rigler 92 years old , born on April 9, 1921 and passed away on April 4, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Florence Pezon on 10th April 2019
I'm honoured to have had a -small- correspondence with David in 2013. I could feel his extreme kindness and the attention of an exceptional man. I discovered over the years how much he took care of the little Genie with his family, and how much he tried to offer the best to this little girl, and, I can imagine, to all his other numerous patients. I often think of him and of all the love that he seemed to have spread around him. I really wish I could have met David in person. Deeply and sincerely, Florence Pezon (from Paris, France)
Posted by Rick Taran on 5th April 2019
Lovely to get reminders to honor my mentor and friend David. Peace and love to his brilliant energy. May we all live by his example.
Posted by David José on 30th May 2018
I'm from Brazil. peace to David Rigler, who contributed to the science and human well-being of Susan Wiley
Posted by Rick Taran on 4th April 2018
I am so pleased to be reminded of this tribute yearly. And so happy to contribute. If it were not for David's forward-thinking and innovation style, embracing a new Professional School concept and a young Fish Out of Water student I would not have had a career in psychology period. So grateful, rick taran
Posted by Rick Taran on 5th April 2017
Marilyn, I just discovered about David's passing. We have lost touch for some time. My deepest condolences. I was in the first class at the California School of Professional Psychology and my first placement was with David at Children's Hospital. I was there when Genie was first discovered and will never forget the discussion about whether to take Genie in your home. It was remarkable. I will always be thankful to David for helping to Launch my career in psychology. 50 years later I am still working in Nashville Tennessee. The best to you and your family on the occasion of his 96 birthday.
Posted by Darlene Dee Lux on 16th January 2017
I worked with Dave at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. He and Marilyn were such lovely people and I still think of them.
Posted by Sherry Sherrell on 22nd November 2015
I doubt Marilyn will remember me, but David gave me my first job in LA at Children's Hospital. He became my mentor and they were both my friends. I visited them in Santa Cruz when my David was 5, and my Cori, 1. My David is now working toward his PhD in Psychology. My professional career was largely influenced by David. He was a brilliant, generous and loving man. I just want to thank you both for all you gave to me. S Naomi Sherrell
Posted by David Tierro on 15th April 2015
sou do Brasil. paz a David, que contribuiu com a ciência e o bem estar humano de Susan Wiley.
Posted by April Martin on 6th April 2015
The anniversary of my Uncle David's death was good to note in passing, but truly, scarcely a day goes by that he isn't a presence in my thoughts and heart. When I work with young people, I think of the way he lived his life and the choices he made. When I work with couples I'm aware of the sweetness of the marriage he and Marilyn nurtured over the years. When I work with the dying, or contemplate my own mortality, I think of how he faced the end of life. I know so many people who haven't been fortunate enough to draw on such a model of wisdom and kindness as examples in their lives, and I feel blessed by it every day.
Posted by April Martin on 2nd June 2014
These are the lyrics to the song I sang for David and Marilyn at Joel and Celsa's wedding in February. I offer them here as a tribute to their 65 years of love for each other, the kind of love that gives us all hope for the world. I am so blessed to have known and loved David, and to have felt the warmth of the Rigler family. EVERY DAY I LOVE YOU MORE The lines upon your face Show how love has changed since we were young And maybe if we'd known How hard the winds would blow We'd never have begun There have been storms along the shore And shifting in the tide And times we lost our way Drifting in the night But through the ebb and flow The truth I've come to know Is every day I love you more Every day I love you more Remember how we loved When passion was enough to get us by? Well, passion is the seed That sends the roots down deep And the branches to the sky The laws of gravity and space Are nowhere to be found When fragile human hearts Can grow beyond all bounds And I could not have guessed How much we would be blessed As every day I love you more Every day I love you more Let the wheels of time roll on Looking in your eyes, I know I'm home So many souls have passed this way Like petals on the breeze Like silver drops of rain That fall to fill the seas And now it's you and me But all that I can see Is every day I love you more Every day I love you more Every day I love you more Every day I love you more
Posted by Donna Rigler on 13th April 2014
I think most of us think of parents as the anchors in our lives, watching us take those twists and turns in life, celebrating achievements, consoling our defeats, watching and hoping that we learn and grow as time passes. But once we turn into adults, watching our own kids make those same choices, same mistakes, same victories - we take on a new phase in our own lives. We watch our parents grow old, and it really hurts. We want them to always be the anchors. I don't think it's really because watching them grow old means having to face our own advancement into middle age. I think it's more because, frankly, we need them. No matter how old we are, we need their advice, we need their comfort and their guidance. Relationships are supposed to be a give-and-take, but to me, that is true more for spouses and partners. Parent-child relationships are different. I see them as definitely being lopsided with parents being the givers and kids being the takers, most of the time. I can't begin to think of the number of times we'd call: "Pops, can I borrow your drill," "Can you watch the kids," "Can you look up Aunt Connie's address," "Can you come over and help me install this faucet," "Can I borrow your van," and the list goes on and on. With the advent of email, it became even easier, leaving emails at any hour of the night, with more requests and questions waiting for him like a task list upon awakening in the morning. To me, it's the way it should be. It's why families stay in contact with each other, and don't allow physical distances to be the saw that hacks the branch off the tree. We were lucky though, that for most of our lives, the physical distance was just a few miles. Perhaps the thing I am most grateful for, is that Dave was the family historian, so I have wonderful photo albums of the kids. I don't remember David without a camera within reach, at every occasion from Bar Mitzvahs to walks in the park. I suppose that was true for all of the Rigler family, but I think they all knew whose pics were best, and I don't doubt that there was some competition and envy there. David was on top. His skill at Photoshop was also unsurpassed. Even though I'm a programmer, he blew me away with the graphics apps, and I would often mumble at my uncomfortable slowness while navigating his Mac, how I was "a PC person." He even learned HTML before I did. So those days just flew by. All of a sudden he was old, and just after accepting that, even more suddenly he was gone from this earth. I'm an adult now, I get that there are no 'do-overs' in life. But I guess what we do have, is the time to savor those relationships and people that we have now, that are here now. I am glad I had Dave in my life for so many years, over thirty in fact, and that's a good lifetime. So Dave, thank you for those years of being a wonderful father-in-law!
Posted by Joel Rigler on 12th April 2014
As shared with us via email newsletter from the current director of the Senior Computer Center: =========== From: Kim Fryer Subject: Upcoming events for the Senior Computer Center Date: April 11, 2014 8:58:49 AM PDT To: drigler@cruzio.com Dear Senior Computer Center Members... ... it is with great sadness thst I report David Rigler passed away last Friday (the 4th). David was the creator of the Senior Computer Center in 1989 along with his lovely wife, Marilyn. Every single one of you has David to thank for what his vision has become. I certainly would not have this job and I am forever grateful for the opportunity it has presented to me. David would have been 94 last week. Please keep his family in your thoughts as they forge ahead without him at the helm. Kim Fryer Senior Programs Coordinator

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