KQED receives $3 million bequest from
El Cerrito residents
KQED is the recipient of a $3 million bequest from the
trust of long-time El Cerrito residents Henry H. and Sally E. Riklin.
On Dec. 14, 1999, Harry W. Bergland, Jr., Richmond CPA and
trustee of the Riklin Trust, presented the check to KQED President and
CEO Mary Bitterman at the offices of KQED. The Riklins directed these
funds to the KQED Endowment, the income of which will benefit KQED and
its viewers and listeners for generations to come.
Dr. Riklin’s friends, family, and patients remember him
fondly for his gentle and caring nature. Sally Riklin was a painter and
sculptor who died in 1993. Like his wife, Dr. Riklin was a great arts
enthusiast. Before his death this March at the age of 88 years, Dr. Henry
Riklin (“Rik” to his friends and family) believed strongly in the mission
of public broadcasting.
Bergland, as Dr. Riklin's long time financial adviser,
noted that: "Dr. Riklin was a great fan of KQED and took satisfaction
from knowing that through this gift to KQED, he and Sally could benefit
so many people in Northern California." Dr. Riklin loved to watch PBS
programs like The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and The McLaughlin Group. A
faithful viewer of Wall $treet Week, Dr. Riklin was said to never leave
his home on Friday night so as not to miss his favorite business program
on KQED TV9.
Dr. Riklin studied at the Mayo Clinic, the Oxner Clinic,
and the Wills Eye Clinic. A dedicated medical doctor for over 50 years,
he made house calls right up until his retirement, and often waived his
fee for patients who couldn’t pay. As a family doctor in Contra Costa
County, for several years he delivered more babies than any doctor in
the county. As early as the 1940s, he began telling his patients to quit
smoking. A member of the Army Medical Corps during World War II, Dr. Riklin
served his country and his community as a humanitarian caregiver. KQED
is grateful to the Riklins for their loyal support over the years and
honored to be the principal beneficiary of their trust.
KQED, Inc. operates KQED TV9, KQED 88.5FM, and the KQED
Education Network (EdNet), which provides an instructional television
service, curriculum materials, and projects for youth; offers family workshops
and professional development for teachers and childcare providers; and
organizes local events.
Run dates: 1999-12-25 - 2000-01-14