Michael Allen Dryden

December 8, 1948June 28, 2018
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Michael Dryden, 69 of Richardson, Texas passed away on June 28, 2018. He was born in Buffalo, New York on December 8, 1948. Michael Dryden graduated from Cheektowaga Central High School and later earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He married Irene June Nathan Dryden on December 26, 1981. He had a career in Research and Evaluation for the Dallas Independent School District. He was a member of the AERA and other educational organizations. He also had a passion for painting oil pastels.


  • Memorial Service Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Reception Monday, July 9, 2018

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Allen R Sullivan

July 12, 2018

The Good that Mike has done will live well after him, and is embedded in his evaluative reports, conversations, and Effective and Authentic Pedogogical Practices in and beyond the children, youth, and adults in school communities he served.

I bear witness to the fact that his insites and technical acumen, as well as his precision were beyond reproach.

May He Rest In Eternal Peace, and May his Wife Irene and Family Find Comfort in Knowing he was and is obviously Revered as a Faithful Friend, and Excellent Public Servant.

Rick and Cecilia Haskins

July 10, 2018

Mike was always happy and one of the kindest, soft-spoken, and really most gentle persons I was ever fortunate enough to know. He and I and two other co-workers drove one time from Dallas to San Francisco, in a van, for a conference. It was a terrific fun experience, which I always remember. Cecilia and I were very sad to hear of his passing and we wish the family all our thoughts and prayers.

Shirley Ison-Newsome

July 10, 2018

Mike Dryden was one of the persons at DISD that I truly admired. A man of intellect, integrity and genuine concern for children, made him one of my favorites to work with and to have conversations with....I always left more informed and treasured such honesty. His behind the scenes work with principals, teacher leaders and others to ensure success for children was not widely known. I was blessed to be one of those who knew, and who knew Mike Dryden! Blessing to his family always!

Leng & Michael Fritsche

July 6, 2018

Words cannot express how we feel at the loss of our dear friend, Mike. Once the grief is less raw, we can reflect fondly on the many enlightening conversations we had over the past 20 years. Mike was the most thoroughly informed person we have ever known, and we could always count on him for a different perspective on things. Through our shared professional and personal experiences, we learned a lot from each other. In life, as in death, he will always be in our hearts. We will miss him dearly ....

Neil and July Croager

July 6, 2018

We will always remember our “chats” and smile!

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me”.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.
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We will miss you Michael but we know we will meet again.

John & Linda Overree

July 5, 2018

Michael was such a delightful person that we have ever known for decades, his knowledge was often shared ,during our " get togethers" He will be missed..
………..After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with Michael,who have passed. This is what keeps him alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us.
Our heartfelt condolences to you Irene, and his family....

Joy Barnhart

July 3, 2018

Michael was brilliant and insightful. He contributed to the success of educators and children. His integrity was admired by many, especially by me.