MADISON—S. Richard “Dick” Heymann, who was born in Chicago on Sept. 18, 1944, to Samuel R. and Ann M. Heymann, died peacefully with dignity in Madison, Wis., on Jan. 11, 2018. He married Jane Gebhart on June 14, 1980, and they raised two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth (Jonathan) and Carey. Dick was grandpa to Lydia. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin (class of 1966), where he fell in love with Madison, the Brat House, and the Union Terrace. In 1969 he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he and his roommate, Steve Shattuck, shared both lodgings and many puns. He taught AP American History at The Priory School in St. Louis, where some of his students and fellow teachers became lifelong friends. After two years in the Twin Cities, Dick returned to St. Louis to practice law. He was a partner at Bryan Cave in St. Louis but moved to Madison in 1987 to join Foley & Lardner. Dick spent the past 15 years doing what he was truly passionate about: teaching, both at the University of Wisconsin Law School and at Edgewood High School.
Dick’s happiest memories included his outdoor adventures, such as his annual fall canoe trip to the Boundary Waters with his friend Rory Rooney; day hikes in New England; canasta weekends with John and Mary Risberg; and, most recently, a trip up Mount Washington with David and Allison Ansel. Among his favorite places to visit were England (especially when his friend David Bethea was teaching there), Scotland, Norway, Boston, Cambridge (both Massachusetts and England), and almost anywhere in New England (particularly during the “off season”). He was an avid reader of history, mystery novels, and everything P.G. Wodehouse ever wrote. He was never without a terrier, beginning with Maggie the Airedale and ending with Jack, his devoted wire-haired fox terrier.
Dick remained an avid sports fan until the end, and never missed the opportunity to watch a Badgers, Packers, or St. Louis Cardinals game (and even enjoyed Ivy League games).
Dick had charisma and a passion for his interests that was unmatched. His admirable ability to build and maintain friendships with former classmates, colleagues, and students will allow him to live on through their memories.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the MEMORIAL UNION in Madison, Wis. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Carbone Cancer Center at University of Wisconsin Hospital or Agrace HospiceCare of Madison.