In Memoriam


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Dr. Richard "Rick" Kaylor passed away March 25, 2020 as a result of a heart attack. He is survived by the love of his life, Phyllis Huenink Kaylor, six of their seven children (Jeff Evers of Lakeeside, CA; Teresa McLean of Ashburn, VA; Sheryl Urzedowski of Colorado Springs, CO; James Kaylor of Salisbury, MD; Julia Prince of Palmdale, CA; Suzanne Lung of Colorado Springs, CO; 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Rick was born in Quincy, IL and always thought of himself as a Midwesterner, though he has been a resident of San Diego since 1960.

Rick was a life-long learner who took his undergraduate motto, "And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach," seriously.  He was always interested in colleges and, though he took degres only from Illinois State University (B.S.), University of Oregon (M.Ed.), Indiana University (M.A.T.) and Brigham Young Univetsity (Ed.D.), he attended many others.  He taught mostly geography for San Diego City Schools. He was selected as the Teacher of the Year in 1988 by the California Association for the Gifted. He was also one of the first teachers in San Diego to serve as a Mentor Teacher.

Rick was by both training and inclination, a geographer.  He and his wife, Phyllis, traveled the world, then returned to share their experiences.  

A memorial service is planned for some time in the future at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego (once the COVID-19 virus has died down).  Rick served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and internment will be at the National Cemetery in Miramar.