Detroit Public Television is saddened to report the passing of George F. Riley, for whom our Riley Broadcast Center is named. Mr. Riley died Saturday, Jan. 6 near his home in Florida. He was 85.
To mark the life and legacy of this remarkable individual, DPTV has prepared a video tribute to Mr. Riley:
Mr. Riley’s lifelong interest in electronics, honed in the United States Navy, led him to open a TV repair business in 1952. That grew into Clover Technologies in Wixom, now the site of DPTV’s studios.
When Mr. Riley sold the business, he and his wife Dolores established the Riley Foundation to give back to the community, including many facilities that bear the Riley name, and special outdoor camps for disadvantaged children that continue to this day.
A $5 million gift from the Riley family became the cornerstone of DPTV’s capital campaign in 2005 and a vivid demonstration of their belief that public TV improves America’s future through continued education for all. The station he loved reflects his values. We will miss his dedication to service . . . and we’re proud to continue the legacy of George Riley.
Mr. Riley was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration to our team at DPTV. His gift helped transform our organization and opened the door to all that we are building today. We thank his family and offer our condolences.
Click here to learn more about Mr. Riley and his support for the community and public television.