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Richard Edward Dryer, American rabbi. Ordained rabbi, 1957. Recipient Four Chaplains award B'nai B'rith, New York City, 1965, Medal of Merit, Jewish War Veterans United States of America, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1966; named Chaplain of Year, Association Jewish Chaplains of Armed Forces, 1986; decorated Legion of Merit, Bronze Star.


Dryer, Richard Edward was born on November 29, 1930 in New York City. Son of Oscar Albert and Anna (Frankl) Dryer.


Bachelor, City College of New York, 1951. Biodiversity Heritage Library, Hebrew Union College, 1954. MAHL, Hebrew Union College, 1957.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1982.


Second in command Lieutenant, United States Army, 1957; advanced through grades to colonel, United States Army, 1979; chaplain various locations, United States Army, 1957-1987; retired, United States Army, 1987; rabbi, Temple Mizpah, Abilene, Texas, 1987-1990; rabbi, Temple Beth Emeth, Sherman, Texas, since 1990; faculty, Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, since 1992. Chairman armed services committee San Antonio Jewish Community Center, since 1988, chairman Judaic practices committee, since 1989.


  • Ordained rabbi, 1957.


Member allocations panel United Way, San Antonio, since 1987. Member Center Conference American Rabbis (board directors 1979-1980), Kallah of Texas Rabbis (president 1989-1990), American Academy Religion.


Married Arlene Terry Gottlieb, December 25, 1955. 1 child, Deborah.

Oscar Albert Dryer

Anna (Frankl) Dryer

Arlene Terry Gottlieb

Deborah Dryer