Adelbert Riepe (#42)
Rev. Charles Knapp Riepe (#877)
Ewald Riepe (#2820)
Joseph Creighton Riepe, Sr. (#855)
JOHANNA FREDERICKA [RIEPE] WEHMEYER (#405)
Lillian I. [Crim] Riepe (#1680)
Milton Oscar Riepe (#341)
PETER FRIEDRICH WILHELM RIEPE (#43)
Col. Quenten Albert Riepe (#949)
Renee Dawn Riepe, DVM (#179)
Russell Casper Riepe, Jr., PhD (#2323)
Walter Herbert Riepe (#1385)
WILHELM AUGUST HEINRICH RIEPE (#1302)
December 16, 1933
- February 7, 2009
The Sun, Baltimore, MD, 2/13/09:
Charles K. Riepe
The priest served as principal and president of the John
Carroll School in Bel Air
February 13, 2009
The Rev. Charles K. Riepe, former principal and president
of the John Carroll School in Bel Air who had also been
rector of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen,
died in his sleep Saturday at his Bel Air home. He was 75.
Father Riepe was born in Baltimore and raised on Lake
Avenue. He attended Gilman School and graduated in 1951
from the Cooperstown Academy in Cooperstown, N.Y.
A former Episcopalian who converted to Roman Catholicism,
Father Riepe began his religious studies at St. Charles
College in Catonsville.
He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's
degree in theology from the Pontifical University of
Innsbruck, Austria, where he was ordained in 1960.
He published two books, Living the Christian Seasons
and The Mass of the Roman Rite, originally written
by the Rev. Joseph Jungmann and revised by Father Riepe in
1958, on the 100th anniversary of the Pontifical
University of Innsbruck.
After returning to Baltimore, Father Riepe served as
associate pastor at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic
Church in 1960, and the next year became associate at St.
Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton.
In 1964, he was named the first chaplain and first
religion department chairman at the John Carroll School in
Bel Air. He also coached the junior varsity baseball team
for six years until becoming the school's second principal
He also directed the development of the football program
at the private school and oversaw its transition in 1971
to an independent high school under the umbrella of the
Archdiocese of Baltimore and a board of trustees, of which
he was the first president.
In 1974, he left the school when he became rector of the
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, returning to John Carroll as
president in 1976.
In a dispute over the direction of the school, Father
Riepe asked that he not be renominated as president, and
he left in 1978.
He returned to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he
was rector for two years until being named headmaster of
St. Sebastian School in Needham, Mass., in 1980.
After leaving St. Sebastian in 1990, Father Riepe was
Roman Catholic chaplain at the
Johns Hopkins University
from 1990 until retiring in 2002.
Father Riepe had served on the board of John Carroll from
1993 to 1996, and in 2002 returned to the school as
When Father Riepe celebrated his 75th birthday in
current John Carroll principal, described him as a
In announcing that school would be closed yesterday for
Father Riepe's funeral Mass, Mr. Barker wrote:
"The death of Rev. Charles K. Riepe is a huge loss for our
community. It is difficult to overstate Father Riepe's
significance for John Carroll: founding chaplain, second
principal, first president, a coach, a teacher, a trustee,
and a benefactor - the single most influential figure in
our school's history."
Father Riepe had also been Maryland State Police chaplain
and also functioned in that capacity for the Baltimore
County police and fire departments.
Monsignor William F. Burke, pastor of St. Francis of
Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Mayfield, had been a
friend of Father Riepe's since they were students at St.
"Charlie was very well-regarded at John Carroll. He loved
teaching kids and saw it as an opportunity and not a
grind, and it became a fine school under his guidance,"
said Monsignor Burke.
The Rev. Stephen R. Sutton, associate pastor at St.
Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hill, has been on
the faculty at John Carroll for 25 years.
"He was a visionary as far as Catholic education is
concerned. He understood the value of leadership, how it's
done, and was committed to academic excellence," he said.
"His feeling was that we educate the whole man - mind,
body and spirit," Father Sutton said.
"He also was independently wealthy and therefore had the
wherewithal to do justice wherever he saw need," said
Father Riepe was also something of a charming anachronism.
"He was a bit of an antique but in a good sense. I mean.
you could mention Dolly Parton, for instance, and he'd
ask, 'Who?'" said Monsignor Burke, laughing.
"I remember Charlie's father sending him button-down
shirts from Eddie Jacobs. and that's the style of shirt he
wore for the rest of his life. Fashions may change but not
Charlie. He always wore tweed sports coats with patches
and button-down shirts."
Father Riepe served on the board of the Harford Day School
and Partners in Excellence, which raises money for inner
city schools. He also was a consultant for the Reading
Network for the Blind.
For many years, he was a benefactor and served on the
board of the Upper Chesapeake Medical System and the Upper
Chesapeake Health Foundation.
Because of his philanthropy, a floor at the Upper
Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air was named for him,
family members said.
He was an avid lifelong Orioles fan.
A Mass of Christian burial for Father Riepe was offered
yesterday at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Forest
Surviving are two half-brothers, George M. S. Riepe of
Lutherville and John T. Riepe of Guilford."
obituary was was kindly transcribed and contributed by Anne Stewart
Riepe (#862), niece of Charlie.
Rev. Charles K. Riepe, 1933 - 2009
Posted on the website of
Carroll School, February 13, 2009
Eulogy delivered by Paul Barker, Principal of The John Carroll School,
at the funeral Mass for Rev. Charles K. Riepe at St. Ignatius Church,
Hickory – February 12, 2009
Just eight weeks ago, Father Riepe
celebrated his birthday. At John Carroll, we decided to
surprise Father by taking our a cappella group, Bella Voce,
down to the farm to sing for him. Seated in his wheelchair
at the top of the steps down into the sunroom, there he was,
dignified, in command, holding court as he looked out at the
singers spread out below him. Always a gracious host, as
students introduced themselves, Father established family
connections across the years to earlier generations of John
Carroll. The students sang O Magnum Mysterium, O
Great Mystery, a chant in praise of the birth of Jesus. At
the end of the song, Father could not resist a request for
translation from the Latin; he was ever the scholar. We all
know Father’s ill health was a source of suffering. But, at
peace, at 75, listening to the divine voices of students
from his beloved school, I cannot recall ever seeing him
That was Father’s final contact with the current
student body and it tells the tale.
The essence of Fr. Riepe, the joy of his life, was in
ministry to young people. He was a happy man hearing teen confessions. He
had a special love of pre-match Chapel services for lacrosse and football.
In the hour before first whistle, many a young John Carroll Patriot, my son
among them, was readied for battle, able to run on to the field of
competition unburdened. Those students, some of you, remember those times
with Father. He most certainly remembered you.
I envy those of you here who were at
John Carroll when Fr. Riepe was in his 30’s, a vigorous,
daily presence. I have heard again and again of how much
fun he was, his kindness, his presence to his students:
· I was pushing the edge of the
envelope; somehow Fr. Riepe got me through John Carroll.
· He never said a word but I know he
paid my tuition.
· I opened my eyes from surgery and
there he was.
· It was the 60’s and I got a little
wild. I went to him for confession; he was so reassuring
that I would be all right.
· I love the man.
Such was the life; such was the faith of
Charles K. Riepe . . . God’s Priest.