NameArthur Jean RIOPELLE 49
Birth22 Apr 1920, Thorp, Clark county, Wisconsin
Death11 Feb 2012, Houston, Texas
FatherWilfred Gaspar RIOPELLE (1889-1935)
MotherAnn Marie SCHROEDER (1892-1940)
Family ID5680
Marriage2 May 1942, Santa Anna, Orange county, California
SpouseMary Jane ASTELL 49
Birth6 Dec 1918, Madison, Dane county, Wisconsin
BaptismMadison, Dane county, Wisconsin
Death25 Feb 2002, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Children
Spouse(Private)
Notes for Arthur Jean RIOPELLE
Arthur J. Riopelle,49 PhD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the age of 91 at the home of his daughter Jean in Houston, TX.
Dr. Riopelle, one of six children born to the late Wilfred G. Riopelle, MD and Ann Schroeder Riopelle, was born in Thorp, Wisconsin, and grew up in nearby Beaver Dam. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then joined the US Army in 1942, eventually serving in Italy. After the war, he returned to the University of Wisconsin to earn his PhD in experimental psychology. He subsequently enjoyed a distinguished career as a primate biologist, educator, and administrator. He initially taught at Emory University. In the late 1950s, he became Director of the Psychology Division of the Army Medical Research Laboratory in Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he worked with the Army and Air Force in the first successful effort to send monkeys into space and return them safely to earth. His research on the effects of radiation helped protect future astronauts. In 1959 he became Director of the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Orange Park, Florida, where he conducted psychological and biomedical research. Dr. Riopelle subsequently became the first director of the Delta Regional Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana. He became respected internationally for his work on primate learning and nutrition. The final portion of his academic career he spent as a Boyd Professor of Psychology at Louisiana State University where he guided the early careers of LSU graduate students. He will also be remembered for his more than 150 scientific publications and book chapters and for the articles he wrote for National Geographic Magazine about the first-ever-described albino gorilla-Snowflake-that his research team found in Rio Muni, Africa, and subsequently transported to enjoy a long and happy life at the Zoological Garden of Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Riopelle was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jane Astell Riopelle, his brothers Wilfred J. (Lois) and Rheo (Mary), and his sisters Elaine (Herbert Paul) and Beatrice (Dave Youker). He is survived by his twin brother, Armand, of Melbourne, FL ( Alma), his sister-in-law, Lois Riopelle of Naples, FL, three children-Mary Ann Riopelle (V. Cecil Wright, MD), James Riopelle, MD (Jamie Manders, DDS), and Jean Riopelle Guez, PhD, three grandchildren-Julia, Jonathan, and Benjamin Guez (Brenna Beers); and one great grandchild, Grace Catherine Guez.
Dr. Riopelle was a devoted family man, frequently traveling across the country and through Canada to visit children, brothers and sisters, and to attend Riopelle family reunions. In addition, he was an avid golfer (hitting at least 4 holes-in-one during his time on the course)-playing most recently at Sherwood Forest Country Club and LSU, an amateur violin performer, and a supporter of the performing arts at LSU. He was a true scholar and a gentleman.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions in his memory to the LSU Library. (Please make check payable to The LSU Foundation and mail to the LSU Library, Attention: Elaine Smyth, Rm. 295, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.)

LSU professor Arthur Riopelle dies
BY ROBERT STEWART
Advocate staff writer
February 22, 2012
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“He was a Renaissance man of enormous integrity and passion, selfless in many ways. He held science to  a very high level.” Jean Guez,   daughter of Arthur J. Riopelle
Arthur J. Riopelle, a former Boyd professor of psychology and professor emeritus at LSU, died Feb. 11 at his daughter’s home in Houston, university officials said Monday.
He was 91.
Riopelle joined the LSU faculty in 1972 and became a Boyd professor, LSU’s highest teaching honor for faculty members, in 1977, a university release says.
Riopelle, who retired from LSU in 1988, was respected internationally for his work on primate learning and nutrition, the release says.
Jean Guez, Riopelle’s daughter, said he spent his last few years living with her in Houston while battling Parkinson’s disease.
Guez said her father was an advocate for science and a tireless assistant to his students.
“He was a Renaissance man of enormous integrity and passion, selfless in many ways,” said Guez, 61. “He held science to a very high level.”
Guez said her father’s body was cremated Sunday and will be buried in Cloquet, Minn., with his wife’s parents. She said there will be a memorial service in Minnesota later this week.
A Thorp, Wis., native, Riopelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin then joined the U.S. Army in 1942, the release says. Riopelle eventually returned to Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology.
Riopelle became director of the Psychology Division of the Army Medical Research Laboratory in Fort Knox, Ky., in the 1950s and worked with the Army and Air Force to send the first monkeys into space, the release says.
Riopelle became director of the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Orange Park, Fla., in 1959, the release says. While there, he conducted psychological and biomedical research.
Riopelle became the first director of the Delta Regional Primate Research Center in Covington before joining the faculty at LSU, the release says.
Riopelle donated an endowment in the 1990s for the LSU Libraries to purchase materials for the study of psychology, the release says.
Riopelle’s family has requested that friends make contributions in his memory to the LSU Library in lieu of flowers, the release says.
Checks may be made payable to the LSU Foundation and mailed to LSU Libraries, attention Elaine Smyth, Room 295 of Middleton Library, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.





Birth: 
Apr. 22, 1921
Thorp
Clark County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: 
Feb. 11, 2012
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Arthur J. Riopelle, PhD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the age of 91 at the home of his daughter Jean in Houston, TX. Dr. Riopelle, one of six children born to the late Wilfred G. Riopelle, MD and Ann Schroeder Riopelle, was born in Thorp, Wisconsin, and grew up in nearby Beaver Dam. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then joined the US Army in 1942, eventually serving in Italy. After the war, he returned to the University of Wisconsin to earn his PhD in experimental psychology. He subsequently enjoyed a distinguished career as a primate biologist, educator, and administrator. He initially taught at Emory University. In the late 1950s, he became Director of the Psychology Division of the Army Medical Research Laboratory in Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he worked with the Army and Air Force in the first successful effort to send monkeys into space and return them safely to earth. His research on the effects of radiation helped protect future astronauts. In 1959 he became Director of the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Orange Park, Florida, where he conducted psychological and biomedical research. Dr. Riopelle subsequently became the first director of the Delta Regional Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana. He became respected internationally for his work on primate learning and nutrition. The final portion of his academic career he spent as a Boyd Professor of Psychology at Louisiana State University where he guided the early careers of LSU graduate students. He will also be remembered for his more than 150 scientific publications and book chapters and for the articles he wrote for National Geographic Magazine about the first-ever-described albino gorilla-Snowflake-that his research team found in Rio Muni, Africa, and subsequently transported to enjoy a long and happy life at the Zoological Garden of Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Riopelle was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jane Astell Riopelle, his brothers Wilfred J. (Lois) and Rheo (Mary), and his sisters Elaine (Herbert Paul) and Beatrice (Dave Youker). He is survived by his twin brother, Armand, of Melbourne, FL ( Alma), his sister-in-law, Lois Riopelle of Naples, FL, three children-Mary Ann Riopelle (V. Cecil Wright, MD), James Riopelle, MD (Jamie Manders, DDS), and Jean Riopelle Guez, PhD, three grandchildren-Julia, Jonathan, and Benjamin Guez (Brenna Beers); and one great grandchild, Grace Catherine Guez. Dr. Riopelle was a devoted family man, frequently traveling across the country and through Canada to visit children, brothers and sisters, and to attend Riopelle family reunions. In addition, he was an avid golfer (hitting at least 4 holes-in-one during his time on the course)-playing most recently at Sherwood Forest Country Club and LSU, an amateur violin performer, and a supporter of the performing arts at LSU. He was a true scholar and a gentleman. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions in his memory to the LSU Library. (Please make check payable to The LSU Foundation and mail to the LSU Library, Attention: Elaine Smyth, Rm. 295, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.)

Guez said her father's body was cremated Sunday and will be buried in Cloquet, Minn., with his wife's parents. She said there will be a memorial service in Minnesota later this week.

 
 
Burial:
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Specifically: To be buried with in-laws in Cloquet, Carlton County, MN.
 
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LSU professor Arthur Riopelle dies
BY ROBERT STEWART
Advocate staff writer
February 22, 2012
0 COMMENTS
“He was a Renaissance man of enormous integrity and passion, selfless in many ways. He held science to  a very high level.” Jean Guez,   daughter of Arthur J. Riopelle
Arthur J. Riopelle, a former Boyd professor of psychology and professor emeritus at LSU, died Feb. 11 at his daughter’s home in Houston, university officials said Monday.
He was 91.
Riopelle joined the LSU faculty in 1972 and became a Boyd professor, LSU’s highest teaching honor for faculty members, in 1977, a university release says.
Riopelle, who retired from LSU in 1988, was respected internationally for his work on primate learning and nutrition, the release says.
Jean Guez, Riopelle’s daughter, said he spent his last few years living with her in Houston while battling Parkinson’s disease.
Guez said her father was an advocate for science and a tireless assistant to his students.
“He was a Renaissance man of enormous integrity and passion, selfless in many ways,” said Guez, 61. “He held science to a very high level.”
Guez said her father’s body was cremated Sunday and will be buried in Cloquet, Minn., with his wife’s parents. She said there will be a memorial service in Minnesota later this week.
A Thorp, Wis., native, Riopelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin then joined the U.S. Army in 1942, the release says. Riopelle eventually returned to Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology.
Riopelle became director of the Psychology Division of the Army Medical Research Laboratory in Fort Knox, Ky., in the 1950s and worked with the Army and Air Force to send the first monkeys into space, the release says.
Riopelle became director of the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Orange Park, Fla., in 1959, the release says. While there, he conducted psychological and biomedical research.
Riopelle became the first director of the Delta Regional Primate Research Center in Covington before joining the faculty at LSU, the release says.
Riopelle donated an endowment in the 1990s for the LSU Libraries to purchase materials for the study of psychology, the release says.
Riopelle’s family has requested that friends make contributions in his memory to the LSU Library in lieu of flowers, the release says.
Checks may be made payable to the LSU Foundation and mailed to LSU Libraries, attention Elaine Smyth, Room 295 of Middleton Library, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
Notes for Mary Jane ASTELL
RIOPELLE, MARY JANE ASTELL49


The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Keith Astell, she was born in Madison, Wis., on Dec. 6, 1918, and died at her home in Baton Rouge on Monday, Feb. 25, 2002. Her parents predeceased her. She is survived by her husband, Arthur J. Riopelle; her children, Mary Ann Riopelle Wright of Komoka, Ontario, Canada, James M. Riopelle of New Orleans, and Jean Riopelle Guez of Houston; and three grandchildren, Julia, Jonathan and Benjamin Guez. Funeral and inurnment proceedings will take place in Cloquet, Minn.
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