2016 Carthage Flame Award Recipient
The Rev. Dudley V. Riggle, professor emeritus of religion, former Carthage campus pastor, received the 28th Carthage Flame in 2016.
For more than five decades, the Rev. Dudley V. Riggle’s ministry, teaching, counseling, and service have shaped and enriched the lives of thousands of Carthaginians and members of the southeast Wisconsin community.
Rev. Riggle developed Carthage’s chapel and religious life program after the College’s relocation to Kenosha in the early 1960s. He served as campus pastor through 1980, when he became professor of religion and later chaired the department. He developed and participated in the Carthage outreach program, through which members of the faculty made presentations in hundreds of congregations in Wisconsin and Illinois.
One of the founders of the Hospice Alliance, Rev. Riggle’s workshops for people who work with the dying and grieving have earned him national recognition. His own experiences contributed to his course, Issues of Living and Dying. Many alumni refer to this course as a transformational experience and find its lesson profoundly important through many years after graduation.
As professor emeritus, Rev. Riggle continues his service to Carthage by participating in the biannual Alumni College, Homecoming, and other College gatherings, and by representing Carthage at many church and community events. A DVD of his most requested presentation, “Living with our Losses and Living with Hope,” is provided to members of the Carthage community who have experienced the death of a family member.
Named Kenosha’s Person of the Year in 1997, Rev. Riggle has served as president of the Christian Youth Council of Kenosha and the Lutheran Church in America College Chaplains. He has been honored as the Thomas F. Stanley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecturer and the recipient of Carthage’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1999, he was inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Educators Hall of Fame.
Rev. Riggle holds a B.A. from Wittenberg University, an M.Div. from Hamma Divinity School, and honorary doctorates from Wittenberg and Carthage.