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Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

Excerpt from Hall of Fame Induction ProgramJ. TIMOTHY RIKER, RADM, USCGR


“RADM Riker, on more than one occasion, left his home and family and traveled to foreign lands in hostile territory to protect our national interests. I plan to seek his guidance in the years ahead.” These are the words of Riker’s replacement as he retired after 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

J. Timothy Riker was granted a B.A. in history and political science from Baldwin Wallace College in 1970. He graduated from Capital University law school with a cum laude. His law practice in Cincinnati was began in 1979 and continues today. His life has been divided between the law and the Coast Guard, and he was always involved in Cincinnati government and community activities. Some of these include member of the Cincinnati City Manager’s Town Meeting Task Force and Chief of Operations/General Counsel for U.S. Congressman David S. Mann of Ohio’s 1st District.

Military life began in 1970. Officer Candidate School was completed when Riker was awarded the rank of Ensign. He then served active duty, two of which were at sea. In 1991 he was recalled to active duty and stationed in Bahrain during Operation Desert Storm. In 1994 he was recalled a second time and deployed to the Republic of Haiti. In 1995 he was recalled a third time and was assigned as Chief, Defense Operations Division, Office of Operations and Law Enforcement, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C. In 1996 he was the first Coast Guard Reserve flag officer to complete the National Defense University Capstone course for flag and general officers. In 1999 he was recalled a fourth time and assigned as Director of Reserve for the U.S. Coast Guard.

When he was named Rear Admiral (Lower Half), he chaired both the Pacific Area Strategic Forces Management Group and the Coast Guard Reserve Policy Board. As Rear Admiral he served as Senior Member of the Coast Guard Reserve.

At the time of his retirement in July 2000, RADM Riker was the only member of the Coast Guard flag corps to have commenced his military career as an enlisted recruit. On September 14, 2001, RADM Riker was recalled from retirement and returned to active status.

In 30 years of service, Rear Admiral Riker earned more than 25 medals, including the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device, and Gold Star.

Civilian Riker continues the evolution of his law practice, his love of politics and his family activities with his wife Miriam and their two teen-aged daughters. In 1969 as President of the Baldwin Wallace Student Senate, Tim Riker had this to say, “Each generation, I believe, must find a time in life when it matures to produce vital human beings ready to make a commitment. Forty years from now, I don’t think we want to say, “If only we would have stood up for this.” J. Timothy Riker stood for a lot.