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Fred Whitcomb Riley passed away peacefully in San Antonio,  Texas, on March 24, 2021. His family was at his bedside during his last days.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Wiegert Riley, his daughter, Karin Riley (married to Brian Elling), his granddaughter, Meryn Riley Meth (married to John Meth), his granddaughter, Alexandria Elling-Riley, and great grandson, Mycroft Meth, his brothers, Richard Riley (married to Mimi Riley) and David Riley, and his sister, Janie Riley and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary Riley, his son, Alan Riley and grandson, Worth Riley.

Fred graduated from Jefferson High School in San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin as a Phi Beta Kappa.After graduation from Baylor College of Medicine at the top of his class, he completed an internship in radiology and entered the Air Force as a physician (called a flight surgeon), where he was stationed in Morocco.He married Janet soon after his return. They set up their home in San Antonio, where he joined Norman, Brannan, Riley, Works and Stewart Radiology Group which later became South Texas Radiology Group and South Texas Radiology Imaging Centers. He is remembered by staff as an equally kind and brilliant doctor. His daughter recalls how much he loved his work, and how dedicated he was to helping his patients, devoting long hours to their care.

Fred spent many hours with family and friends sailing out of Lake Canyon Yacht Club, where he was a charter member. He spent many weekends racing in his Santana 20 and Sunfish. He loved visiting his daughter in Montana where they hiked in Glacier National Park.

The family expresses its gratitude to Fred’s caregivers from Sisters Care including Sandy, Maggie, Tillie, Victoria, Jeanette, Joni, Josephine, Dennis, and Julia.

The service will take place in a few months, when Covid levels have declined.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78217 or the charity of your choice.

Posted by James Aycock on April 5, 2021
It was my pleasure to work Fred and Jan for over 20 years. During that time I found Fred to be a kind and gentle person who made everyone feel loved and respected. He will be truly missed.
Posted by Emily Tucker on April 5, 2021
Many of my memories of Dr. and Mrs. Riley are about their warmth and generosity, whether it was treating all of Karin's roommates to dinner at a fancy restaurant when they visited Boston or hosting a gaggle of girls at their homes in San Antonio and on Canyon Lake. Always calm and patient, Dr. Riley put people at ease, even people like me who could not tell their left from their right while out on a sailboat.

I remember a photo Karin kept on her desk in college of four generations of Riley men: her grandfather, father, brother, and nephew. Like the three others in that photo, Dr. Riley will sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Posted by Harvey Goldstein on April 4, 2021
Fred was an outstanding radiologist/physician and an even better person. He was understated, humble, and kind. Fred was well-liked and admired by all the physicians and technical staff. It was my great privilege to be a member of the radiology practice with him from 1978 until his retirement.
Posted by Sandra Lindsey on March 29, 2021
We are so fortunate to have had Fred and Janet share their lake home with our children. Michael and Sarah will always cherish their time spent at the Riley's. 
Posted by Jerry K on March 29, 2021
I was lucky to know Fred both professionally and through LCYC. He sponsored me when I applied to join the club. Over the years it was always fun to see both Fred and Jan. I will miss him!
Philip Hughes
Posted by Emily Forland on March 29, 2021
From Ellinor and Marvin Forland:

It is particularly poignant to be writing on the 28th, as for some years we have celebrated our birthdays together on this date (mine - Marvin, March 29th) with our families, including Richard and Mimi. Our acquaintance was initially professional, as I knew about Fred’s fine radiologic practice contributions from early in my days as Medical School faculty.

It was perhaps in first grade that Emily and Karin’s friendship was established, introduced by the Rileys’ neighbor, close friend Stephanie Block. This friendship circle expanded to include Laura Gray and Gabrielle Marcus, and remains vitally active to the present.

It has been our privilege to benefit from this circle by our friendship with Jan and Fred. Through the years we have been part of birthdays, graduations, homecomings – and yes, marriages and the arrival of grandchildren. Fred and Jan were incomparable hosts and mentors to this group through their inexhaustible hospitality and guidance – with the Lake experiences only part of their caring presence. We are grateful for the years we have shared.
Posted by Mike Stellato on March 29, 2021
Fred & Jan were lovely people - so kind and helpful to me as a new member of LCYC. Always the Doctor & the Nurse, they cared for all of our injuries at the lake.  Their house was always" Open" to those who needed a place to stay.  Fred will be missed dearly by all!
Posted by Emily Forland on March 28, 2021
Thinking of Dr. Riley today on his birthday.

I was lucky enough to spend so many childhood weekends with the Rileys at Canyon Lake where I learned the pleasures of lake swimming—of jumping in the lake first thing in the morning and last thing before bed at night, of witnessing Paddy-the-dog’s lake shampoos (and sometimes having one of my own), and learning to hop on the sailboat (never quite) with the same ease as the rest of the Riley family, and of delicious meals lovingly prepared by Mrs. Riley and grilled by Dr. Riley, that were timed on summer weekends more for maximizing hours for swimming and sailing, than for conventional mealtimes. 

Karin and I swam, we read, we sketched, we lolled about, we hunted for finds at Fossil Cove, and we snacked on bountiful snacks of cold artichokes and cheese and peanuts. On Karin’s birthdays, the Rileys opened their house to a group of us and were endlessly hospitable to the noise and squeals and endless chatter of a bunch of adolescent girls.

Dr. Riley was forever a wonderfully kind and twinkly host, so happy to take on an added boat passenger (even one who had once or twice fallen off the boat and maybe needed to be scooped back up, err, in the middle of a race), always patient in showing us the ropes, expansive in sharing the pleasures of joys of life on the water, happy to sail fast and yet always very careful too, reminding us to be ready to duck our heads and switch sides when he said “Ready about” and we answered “Hard Alee!” He was memorably meticulous in his care for his boats, I imagined the same care he took as a physician in explaining an X-ray to a patient, coiling the ropes and drying the sails, and for his house (teaching a young houseguest to wring out her washcloth and not make puddles!), and in his gentle loving care of all those around him.

His quiet reverence for the beauty of nature was contagious. I think of all the Rileys and Canyon Lake whenever I have the pleasure to find myself in nature and with the coveted opportunity to go jump in a lake.
Posted by Karin Riley on March 28, 2021
Happy 88th birthday, Dad. There will be cake!
Posted by David Riley on March 27, 2021
Fred waited over 8 years before he had a younger brother: me, David. But I was the lucky one to have an older brother already waiting to be in my life, and ready to teach me everything he could, to make my life as enjoyable as possible. He always gave the right answer whenever he explained something to me, and I benefited from his vast knowledge. Since I believe in reincarnation, and that souls journey together in various lifetimes, I hope to be able to be his brother again, in any and all lifetimes we might be able to enjoy together, many times, over and over again, way into the future. Thanks for the journey, so far, Fred, and I appreciate the opportunity to have shared at least one lifetime with you. May you have many, many more.
Posted by Harold Slater on March 27, 2021
Fred married my maternal Aunt Janet, who is more like a sister to me. I discovered that she had chosen a kind-hearted, gracious, and generous husband for her and uncle for me. On Karen (spouse) and my several visits to San Antonio he was a gracious host and proud tour guide of his beloved city and its many attractions. We enjoyed the Canyon Lake cottage and the several times we sailed its waters with him. He was intelligently knowledgable about many things and I enjoyed sitting on the patio at Hundred Oaks Drive, sipping on something cool, and having a pleasant conversations with him. I will miss our periodic phone conversation that were filled with his loving update on the adventures and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. 
Posted by Dan Stewart on March 27, 2021
My father, Jim Stewart, and one of Fred's original radiology partners loved Fred. He always thought he had a kind soul. I will never forget going sailing with Dr. & Mrs. Riley, Alan (my friend), and Karin. I had been sailing a few times before but never liked this. I never knew a sailboat could go so fast & Dr. Riley had it almost virtually upright at an angle as we cruised past motor boats. It was one of my fondest memories growing up & of the Riley family. Dr. Riley was always kind & considerate and I know he is sailing right now with the wind at his back. Bon Voyage Fred and we will see you again.
Love Dan Stewart

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Posted by James Aycock on April 5, 2021
It was my pleasure to work Fred and Jan for over 20 years. During that time I found Fred to be a kind and gentle person who made everyone feel loved and respected. He will be truly missed.
Posted by Emily Tucker on April 5, 2021
Many of my memories of Dr. and Mrs. Riley are about their warmth and generosity, whether it was treating all of Karin's roommates to dinner at a fancy restaurant when they visited Boston or hosting a gaggle of girls at their homes in San Antonio and on Canyon Lake. Always calm and patient, Dr. Riley put people at ease, even people like me who could not tell their left from their right while out on a sailboat.

I remember a photo Karin kept on her desk in college of four generations of Riley men: her grandfather, father, brother, and nephew. Like the three others in that photo, Dr. Riley will sorely missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Posted by Harvey Goldstein on April 4, 2021
Fred was an outstanding radiologist/physician and an even better person. He was understated, humble, and kind. Fred was well-liked and admired by all the physicians and technical staff. It was my great privilege to be a member of the radiology practice with him from 1978 until his retirement.
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