Ridgel was a member of the original Concerned Student 1950, the first group of Black students admitted to MU.
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Everett enjoyed working on his collections. He had bottle and key collections but most of all he was an avid coin collector.
As an administrator, he demonstrated the true meaning of collegiality, friends said.
An icon of the community, Mr. Atkins died July 22, 2020.
The visitation and service is Saturday.
Tom led a long and influential life in Columbia and Boone County and was considered a pillar of this community.