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Dr. William I. Riddell

November 2, 1939 ~ November 17, 2019 (age 80)

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Dr. William I. Riddell

Webster:  Passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019.  Born on Long Island on November 2, 1939, he was the son of Ira and Edith Riddell.  William graduated from Huntington High School and then continued his studies at the State University of New York at Brockport where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Education.  Upon graduation, William continued his education at Hofstra University obtaining a Master’s degree in Psychology and then went on to earn his Doctorate of Philosophy in the field of Psychology from the University of Connecticut.  While studying for his doctorate degree, William Riddell’s research focused on physiological psychology.  He worked on numerous studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health as his research was recognized as scientifically important to understanding the science of the brain and behavior with the goal of developing better treatment for and prevention of mental disabilities.

Dr. Riddell continued his research pursuits by accepting a faculty position as a Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Brockport.  Dr. Riddell’s research resulted in many published studies in the area of physiological psychology.  He taught as a professor at SUNY Brockport for 37 years being known to many of the undergraduate students as he taught the Principles of Psychology (Psych 110) course for decades, and was also a Faculty Advisor to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students throughout his tenure with the University. It was Dr. Riddell’s mission as a Professor to hold the class’s attention so he could inspire his students to think.

Dr. Riddell loved almost all things competitive and was an avid sports fan with a steadfast love for the New York Giants. He volunteered as a swim coach and served as a Recreation Board Member for the Town of Sweden.  He also worked side by side with his wife, Rosemarie, in her antique business.

Dr. Riddell was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and family was the most important aspect of his life.  He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rosemarie Riddell.  He is also survived by his children Rosemarie Riddell Bogdan (Edward), William I. Riddell Jr. (Wendy) and Michael Riddell (Jaimee), and his beloved grandchildren Edward “Drew” and Nate Bogdan, William, Joseph and Ava Riddell, and Michael and Matthew Riddell.  Funeral services are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Riddell’s memory may be directed to the American Diabetes Association ( or American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205). To light a candle, leave a condolence, or upload a photo, please visit

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