Doc Rioux At Large
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U.S. House of Representatives
May 6, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in tribute to a special friend and dedicated public servant who passed away April 28, 1997 in Santa Clarita, California.

Dr. Richard Rioux was Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Centers at Acton and Warm Springs, where he worked hands-on with more than 22,000 residents recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. In addition, he pioneered the development of an innovative literacy training program which has helped thousands of people attain the literacy skills and knowledge needed to be productive and responsible citizens.

An award-winning photographer, columnist and author of two books, Richard was Founder and first President of his beloved Stevenson Ranch Town Council and an avid sports enthusiast, having run 26 marathons and climbed Mt. Whitney seven times.

Richard was a wonderful and caring person who was devoted to his fellow man. He loved people and found tremendous joy helping people love themselves. Known around town as "Doc Rioux," Richard could often be found in Old Town Newhall helping local merchants, seniors and students. His warm smile and constant fellowship inspired others to embrace life's hardships and successes with remarkable strength and courage.

Richard was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and moved to California in 1958. A Fullbright Scholar, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from California State University Northridge and a Doctorate in history from the University of Southern California.

Richard was a devoted husband to Suzanne and father to Regina, Stephanie, Natasha and Jeremy. Today, we join his family and friends in remembering Richard Rioux and thank him for the encouragement and love he gave our community. May the Lord bless him and keep him well. We will all miss him and cherish his memory.

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Member of Congress