WOODBURY — Richard Reimold, 85, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Conyngham, Pa., to Lawrence and Pauline Reimold, he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen (Kathe); his two sons and their spouses, Scott and Julie Reimold of Woodbury and Mark and Jennifer Reimold of Boxford, Mass.; his four grandchildren, Alexander, Rebecca, Eliza and Owen, and his brother, David Reimold, Richmond, Ky. He is predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Eugene.
A standout athlete at Hazleton High School, Rich accepted an athletic scholarship to play football at Lycoming College where he also played baseball. There he also developed a passion for theater, writing and performing in musicals as president of the college’s theater club.
After earning an M.A. at NYU, he taught high school English in Great Neck, N.Y., where he met and quickly married the love of his life, Kathe. Together, they ran a professional summer theater for three years in Pennsylvania where they produced a Broadway musical every week.
In 1968, Rich and Kathe moved to Danbury, where he became founding chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Western Connecticut State University. As full professor he developed a new studio theater that was eventually named in his honor.
He was bestowed the title Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1992 and in 2018, he was recognized “with honor for initiating 50 years of theater arts” at WCSU. Throughout his theatrical career, Rich directed more than 100 productions and performed more than 85 roles.
While in Danbury, Rich coached youth baseball and basketball at many levels including junior varsity at Danbury High School where his sons played. He helped found the Danbury Westerners collegiate summer baseball team and served as deputy commissioner of the NECBL. He later went on to take the field again himself, actively pitching in Men’s Senior Baseball League tournaments around the country until he was 80.
In 2002, Rich and Kathe bought their dream home in Woodbury, where Rich, affectionately known as “Poppi,” helped raise his grandchildren and coach them through youth football, baseball and softball. He was so thrilled with their musical talents as well, attending every concert and play with great pride.
In 2015, he co-founded the Community Theater at Woodbury and in 2016, received the inaugural Arts Alliance “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts” award.
Rich’s most loved lines from Shakespeare are: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
A memorial service will be planned for June 2021. More information will be shared.
Donations to support the Rich Reimold Theatre Arts Scholarship can be made by check or online using a credit card. Donations by check should be made payable to the WCSU Foundation, Inc. (“Rich Reimold Theatre Arts Scholarship” should be listed in the memo section) and mailed to WCSU Foundation Inc., University Hall 101, 181 White St., Danbury 06810.
Donations by credit card can be made online at https://www.wcsu.edu/onlinegiving; choose “Other” in the Designation section, then indicate “Rich Reimold Theatre Arts Scholarship” in the Other section.
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