In Celebration of Tracy Riddle

Our dear friend and colleague, Tracy Riddle, Augustana College’s long-time associate dean of students, died Friday, July 22, after a two-year-long battle with cancer.

Dr. Jim Bies, dean of students, sent the following email to alumni who were students during Tracy's tenure.

Read notes in celebration of Riddle left by current and former students, parents and friends on Facebook.

Memorial and Celebration of Tracy Riddle
On behalf of Augustana College, I am writing to inform you that Tracy Riddle, our long-time associate dean of students and dear friend and colleague, died this morning at Sanford Hospice after a two-year-long battle with cancer. She was 54.

Tracy RiddleAs all of you know, Tracy never stood before a chalkboard or lectured behind a podium; yet, to our students, she was one of Augustana’s most treasured teachers. She taught the entire campus community about the importance of advocacy, acceptance, friendship, dedication and kindness. At the same time, she worked tirelessly to ensure that each and every student had what they needed in order to succeed socially and academically.

Even as she battled pain and sickness, she continued to place her concern for our students above her own. She was one-in-a-million and we will be forever grateful for the countless contributions she made to the College and for the precious life lessons she taught us.

In a recent entry on her CaringBridge page, an online journal for those battling health-related challenges, Tracy wrote about the important place Augustana students held in her heart.

“Students are my passion and they get me out of bed in the morning, even in the summer. I am blessed to have such a clear vision of what my calling on earth is.”

A memorial service and celebration of Tracy’s life is planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at Augustana’s Chapel of Reconciliation. If you are able, please attend and join us as we celebrate the many positive impacts she made.

A memorial fund has been established in Tracy’s name at Augustana College.

In sympathy,


Dr. Jim Bies
Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students
Augustana College
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