Howard C. Rile, Jr. was the 29th President of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.
Howard C. Rile, Jr. graduated from California State University at Los Angeles in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.
From 1968 to 1972, he worked as a chemist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
From 1972 to 1974, he trained as a forensic document examiner with John J. Harris at the firm of Harris and Harris, Los Angeles, California. Between 1974 and 1979, Mr. Rile was a document examiner with the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller.
From 1979 to 1983, he was the questioned document examiner for the State of Colorado at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Denver. In 1983, he was again affiliated with the firm of Harris and Harris until 1996.
Mr. Rile later associated with Frank Hicks in the firm of Rile & Hicks in Huntington Beach, California. He retired from the practice of document examination in 2013.
Mr. Rile became a Regular Member of the Society in 1988 and a Life Member in 2010.
Prior to his election as President of the ASQDE, Mr. Rile served the Society as a Director, Secretary, Vice President and a number of committee positions. He was a Diplomate and President of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. He was also a member of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, and the Questioned Document Subcommittee of ASTM International.
Howard Rile was the author of a number of professional papers and was well known for his signature workshops. He was one of a group of authors that revised Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, 2nd Edition.
In 2014, Mr. Rile received the Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence for his many contributions to the ASQDE and the field of forensic document examination. He passed away in 2019.