Grandfather dies before getting Athens State diploma
By Holly Hollman
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ATHENS — Friday night, 53-year-old Rickey Tribble was to walk across the stage at the Von Braun Center and receive his diploma from Athens State University.
He was to graduate with honors.
Instead, the Athens grandfather died of an unexpected massive heart attack May 4.
The university graduated Tribble posthumously with a concentration in management with a minor in procurement.
Tribble was not only a grandfather, but also a Scoutmaster, a member of the West Limestone High School Booster Club and an employee at Teledyne Brown Co.
Tribble served as director of membership for the Athens State Pre-Law Society.
He was president of the university's Delta Mu Delta chapter and died a few days after the organization's banquet, where he had received the Medallion Award.
"My term as president of Delta Mu Delta has been full of gratification on a personal level," Tribble said at the April 21 banquet. "The meetings and events have provided many new friends and acquaintances. I look forward to another year as president, expanding the scope of the chapter's role on campus and in the community, and discovering new ways to meet the challenges that the coming year will bring."
The organization recognizes and rewards superior scholastic achievement of students with concentrations in business administration.
Faculty adviser Brenda Harper said, "Rickey was the type of student most faculty would envy teaching. Rickey had an unquenchable thirst for education and would not let any of life's obstacles derail him. May we all follow Rickey's example of lifelong learning and his perseverance of continuous education."
The local chapter is starting a scholarship in Tribble's honor.
Those who would like to donate to the Rickey Tribble DMD Scholarship can contact Rick Mould at 233-8215.
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