Donald Riff, M.D., 73

Retired cardiologist, River Forest resident

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Dr. Donald P. Riff, 73, died on Dec. 2, 2012 at his River Forest home. He lived in Oak Park for 26 years before moving to River Forest in 2011. Born in Chicago on Dec. 11, 1938, he was a husband, father, grandfather, and Chicago cardiologist. He spent his school years in the Chicago area, attending Quigley Seminary High School and Loyola University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in 1964 and practiced medicine at Rush University Medical Center for 30 years.

In his retirement, he pursued his passions for sailing, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, his children's sporting events, and the daily crossword puzzle. Family and friends say they will remember his dry wit, sharp mind, and dedication to his family.

Donald Riff is survived by his wife, Alison; his three sons, Chris, Tim (Jane), and Andy (Laura); his two daughters, Katie (Josh) and Lizzie (Michael); and his granddaughter, Sian.

Visitation was held on Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass, 10:30 a.m., at St. Giles Church, 1045 N. Columbian Ave. in Oak Park. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls ( are appreciated. Arrangements were by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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