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James Wesley Rider, American retreat center director. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Silver Star medals, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, 3 Purple Hearts, 50 Air medals.


Rider, James Wesley was born on September 2, 1935 in West Valley, New York, United States. Son of Wesley Harley and Mary Magdelen (Simmons) Rider.


Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1959. Master of Business Administration, George Washington University, 1972. Master of Arts, Pepperdine University, 1979.

Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1986.


Enlisted, United States Marine Corps, 1952;advanced through grades lieutenant colonel, United States Marine Corps, 1975;retired, United States Marine Corps, 1978;director, Christian Family Center, Holly Ridge, North Carolina, since 1978. Instructor, professor East Carolina U., Golden Gate University, University Southern California, U. Denver. Chief of services Family Svc.

Center, Cherry Point, 1986-1987. Residentagt. Marianist Family Ministry, Holly Ridge, 1987-1989. Representative Active Parenting, Atlanta, 1989.


Board of directors, Birthchoice Jacksonville, North Carolina, 1978-1980. Member Marianist Associations, American Association Counseling and Development, National Council Family Rels., American Association Military Educators, Marine Corps Association, 2d Marine Division Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hunting, running.


Married Suzanne Jean Costich, June 20, 1959. Children: Mary, Charles, Peter, Elizabeth, Cecilia, James Junior, Rebecca.