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Rick Dryden has gone to his Beloved

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Rick Dryden passed away peacefully last night (7 January 2013). He is survived by his wife, Emily, and daughter Kersten (from first marriage to Nancy Dryden), and many other friends & family. Please send us your photos and thoughts about Rick for posting. We will make a page for him as soon as we receive material.

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6 Responses to Rick Dryden has gone to his Beloved

  • I only just learned of Rick’s passing. I worked with Rick from 1989-1995 at the Junior College of Albany Corrections Program. I just graduated from a very dogmatic Evangelical college and was entering a period of time when I was reading a lot of Eastern/Indian scriptures for balance. Rick and I would have long winding conversations about religion, spirituality, and Baba as well. It helped me to sort out my own struggles with faith. He always had a story: Meeting Pete Townsend in India, the Navy during Vietnam, working on the Alaskan Pipeline, or taking his daughter to see Milli Vanilli! I rarely saw him frustrated, except with the usual inanities when working with college and prison administrations. Rick was respected by inmate and prison administrator alike – not an easy task.

    I last saw Rick at the Price Chopper on Madison some 20 years ago. I think he was working at Parsons and he introduced me to his new wife. Once again, he invited up to the farm sometime – Once again, I never got around to it. I regret not taking the time to extend our working relationship to more personal terms, I recall his calm nature and genuine respect and interest for the well being of others. My condolences to his family – belated as they may be.

  • I knew Rick from Bethlehem Central Jr High School and maintained contact throughout his life. Rick always had something interesting to say or have do. His living in Boston, trip to India, discussions at his “hippie” apt in Albany and later at his home in Feura Bush, his work in the Albany/Troy area and, of course, endless discussions regarding Meher Baba. Although I lost contact with Rick just a few years ago (my last contact was at a high school reunion), he will be sorely missed.

  • I knew Rick during the time I lived and worked with him on the Dryden Farm, which was 1986 or 1987. I was very young (around 18) and I looked up to Rick (and Nancy) as wise Baba-lovers who had much experience. He shared freely and joyfully about his adventures in India, and we had many special times together, including visits to Jeanne and Darwin Shaw’s home in Schenectedy (sp?) NY, and to Bill Cliff’s home in Albany. Rick, I will always remember you with love, you were patient and kind.

  • I came across the passing of Rick while looking to reconnect with him. Rick was one person who truly gave to others. I met him as my therapist, he however became so much more than that. Over time as I would go to his office that was located at his house I would feel this overwhelming loving energy. After about three months I finally asked him who the painting on his living room wall was and why I felt so much energy when walking by. Rick proceeded to tell me it was “Meher Baba” and from that moment forward I needed to know who Baba was. Rick took the opportunity to show and teach me Baba’s ways. It seemed so natural, he shared with me about the Northeast Gathering in which I would attend three or four years. When Rick relocated to North Carolina it was so hard for me to say goodbye, because of Rick I had been able to overcome childhood trauma and develop my love for Baba. I thought of Rick often and everyday as I looked at my altar I would thank Rick. To know that Rick is now with Baba, I can see them singing, Rick playing his guitar. That is where I see Rick at. I will always love Rick, and there will never ever be a man as loving as Rick. My thoughts to his family. I wish that I had that one last conversation with Rick, please take the time to tell those special people how much they mean to you. Love you Rick and thank you for all the hard work you made me do, I may have hated looking at myself and argued with you but I finally was able to understand why I had to go through all of it. Peace.

  • Rick Page is up (see under BABA_LOVERS above) but need more remembrances!

  • My condolences to Kersten and Rick’s other survivors. He was a fine man.

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