John Thomas Riedl, 51, of Falcon Heights, died July 15.

John was a McKnight Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota and a pioneer in the field of recommender systems and online social networks. He loved to share his enthusiasm for windsurfing, squash, reading and life in general with everyone he met. His infectious optimism, sharp mind and easy laughter will be sorely missed by his family, friends, students and colleagues.

John is mourned by his wife, Maureen; children: Eric, Karen (Anthony) Parrish and Kevin; parents, John and Mary; siblings, Ann, Jim, Steve and Dan; parents-in-law; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law.

A vigil was held July 19, with a Catholic funeral mass July 20 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church.

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