Augustana Mourns Loss of Richard English, Professor Emeritus

Richard "Dick" English, professor emeritus of Business Administration and Accounting, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Arizona. He was 67.

English received his bachelor's degree from Creighton University and earned his MBA from Washington University. He joined Augustana in 1974 and served the College for 35 years teaching courses such as "Principals," "Personal Finance," and "Business Ethics," among others. He served as department chair from 1990-1992 and from 1995-1998. He retired in 2009.

In 2010, he was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award by the South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants in recognition of his contributions to the accounting profession through both education and practice. The award to English marked the first time in 10 years the honor had been given.

Funeral Services

His family will be present for a visitation from 2 -6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at George Boom Funeral Home, 3408 E. 10th St. A Wake Service will begin at 6 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1501 W. 26th St.

Cards may be sent to the family at:
Beverly English
2608 S. Jefferson Ave.
Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105

Memories of a Teacher, Mentor, Colleague and Friend
Students, friends and colleagues shared memories of English via Augustana’s Facebook page and by email:

  • Pamela Stromstad Ianni :
    He is probably one of the main reasons that I have the career that I do. My sympathies to his family!
  • Karen J Gusaas:
    We had a nice conversation this fall at Viking Days. He helped direct many students in a kind and caring way...and never without his sense of humor.
  • Graham Garnos:
    Met prof English my first day on campus. He was a nice man. A helpful man. Thinking of all my beloved Augie profs and deans this week.
  • Jennifer Johnson Heller:
    Very sad to hear this. I could always count on him to ask me how I was doing and send a smile my way. He has always remained a big part of why I loved Augie. I was lucky to have known him.
  • Dennis Bly:
    Prof English will be very missed. He gave the gift of knowledge to many a student, including myself. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
  • Evan Kulesa:
    I had Dick for numerous classes and while there were many memorable moments and especially stories shared in those classes, what I will remember most about him is how his passion for his profession and his students extended well beyond the ...classroom. You could always find him tucked behind mounds and mounds of papers in his office ready to chat about absolutely anything and always willing to share a laugh. He and Bev also made sure to host the semester-end English Soiree that was always a must-attend (I will definitely never forget how he said "soiree" and especially his description of the strawberry dip with "two-fingers of amaretto.") He spoke often and proudly about his family and former students and I always knew that his greatest joys in life were not his own accomplishments (which were numerous), but being able to watch those he loved grow and succeed in their own ways. The more I reflect the more I realize what an indelible mark Dick left on my life and how many great memories we shared. We have lost a big man, with a big heart, and a burning passion to see others succeed, but we can honor his memory by being the family, students and colleagues that he glowingly watched grow to strive for full, happy, and successful lives.
  • Kathy Kirkeby:
    One of my favorite memories of Prof English was how he could do all the calculations in his head and faster then we could enter into our calculators!
  • Melissa Berkland:
    The dry sense of humor which helped me stay awake through a summer of Accounting Principles. The biannual soirees were so generous. And he helped me with advice and a letter of recommendation when I went back to school after Augie. He was one of the nicest, most genuine people.
  • Tim Nelson:
    I was saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He was one of my favorite professors during my time at Augustana. He taught the most interesting, challenging, inspirational and humorous accounting classes I’ve ever taken. A couple of years after graduating from Augustana, I came back as an employee. I always enjoyed our conversations on campus and a few off campus during short games of golf. To me, he was a great professor, co-worker, and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Kelly Sprecher
Communications & Media Relations