A garden dedicated to Richard J. Dirrim is located on the east bank of the Saint Joseph River, west of the Visual Arts Building. A monument there states that "During his tenure at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Richard's effort and dedication preserved the natural character of the campus grounds to create an environment conducicive to the education, growth, and reflection of all individuals." Following completion of the construction of the Visual Arts Building in 1991, there was a project to grade and clean up the area between the new building and the river. This project (supported by the Virginia Ayers campus beautification fund) allowed the creation of a sizable green space to be used for outdoor events. Care was taken to allow the creation of a small section to remain isolated from the main green space. Benches, flower beds, and flowering trees were added to allow passersby to sit and enjoy the beauty and solitude of the river, trees, and wildlife that are abundant in the area.
Sources: Monument at site; Stepping-Stones to the Future: a Self-Guided Walking Tour