Dr. Glenda Roberta Gillard Richter, born November 25, 1931, in  Vancouver, British Columbia, died at her Arcata, California home on  March 31, 2016 after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of Mabel  Muriel Davidson and John James Edwin Gillard of Canada. After early  graduation from Britannia High School, Vancouver, she attended  University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, and University  of California, Berkeley. Glenda taught German at Wells College,  Aurora, New York, and then at Humboldt State University, Arcata, from  1958 until 1987, where she was faculty president from 1971-72.

She was  an honorary life member of Humboldt Branch American Association of  University Women (AAUW). She was an avid gardener, a voracious reader,  horse enthusiast, and cat lover. A longtime resident of Fickle Hill,  she also enjoyed travelling the world.

Glenda was predeceased by her  husband, Dr. Leo Thomas Richter. She is survived by her cousins in the  McAteer family in Canada, past colleagues, many friends and neighbors. 

At her request, no memorial service will be held. Contributions in her  memory may be made to Humboldt Branch AAUW, P.O. Box 5116, Eureka,  California, 95502, www.humboldt-ca.aauw.net, note HSU Reentry  Scholarship; or to the Dr. Glenda Richter Scholarship Fund,at  www.Hafoundation.org/Richter, Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola  Road, Bayside, California, 95524; or to Friends of the Redwood  Libraries, www.eurekafrl.org, P.O. Box 188, Eureka, California, 95502;  or to any local animal rescue organization.

Many thanks to the caring  staff of Mad River Community Hospital, St. Joseph’s Inpatient  Rehabilitation Unit, Hospice of Humboldt, and her superb caregivers  and supportive friends.


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