Lance Read Rydberg passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the age of 62 in an accident while working on his sailboat. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Glenn and Virginia Read Rydberg of Shenandoah, Iowa and Omaha. He graduated from Omaha’s Westside High School and, following in his brother’s footsteps, moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University in 1975. He lettered on the Tulane track team and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated from Tulane Law School in 1983. He began his legal career at Christovich and Kearney law firm, becoming a partner, and later practiced at Duncan, Courington & Rydberg and Hangartner, Rydberg & Terrell. He was an experienced pilot and recently volunteered for SouthWings, flying journalists over Louisiana wetlands to monitor coastal erosion. A keen outdoorsman, he was also an avid scuba diver, mountain climber, and boater.
He was a huge Tulane Green Wave and Nebraska football fan. A lifelong dog lover, he leaves three cherished dogs. He was a devoted father, volunteering at his children’s schools, attending every event, and taking cross-country road trips with both of them. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kaye Courington, a beloved son, Read Courington Rydberg, and a beloved daughter, Kathryn Morgan Rydberg. He is also survived by a brother, Tom Rydberg of Tampa (Marsha), a sister, Kathryn Gaver (John) of Jacksonville, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by a service at 1:30 p.m. Interment at Lake Lawn will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sierra Club or Gulf Restoration Network.