So sad to hear of Dick's passing. He was such a beautiful, caring, and generous man. My sincerest (belated) condolences.
San Diego, CA
Richard and I have been friends since junior high school at Thomas Starr King (1944-1947). During our high school years (1947-1950) we enjoyed doing many things together, but a particular memory that we have looked back on with great pride was jointly establishing a new Y.M.C.A. Club. Hi Y Clubs were popular at this time and we were invited to become members of one or another of the existing clubs but chose to gather our friends together and establish a new one--the Hogans. The name came by way of a local "talk-show-disc-jockey", Jim Hawthorne, who was running a mythical campaign for President of the United States with a promise, if elected, to provide a "Hogan" in every pot. Thus, it was a popular name and the club became well established and flourished at John Marshall High School for many years. In 2002, in association with the Marshall class of 1952, Richard helped organize a grand reunion of old Hogans attended by Jim Hawthorne who came from Colorado and Bill Balance, another pioneering, Los Angeles, radio personality. Richard excelled at Marshall in academics, was a stand-out player in basketball, and a leader in his class serving as Senior Class President.
Although there were many years that we did not see one-another, we both served in the military, and both earned Ph.D. degrees. He continued his vigorous support of John Marshall High School through service on the Alumni Board and through helping to organize most of our class reunions. It was always special for me to get together with Richard at these reunions since we lived in Northern California.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Richard and Sandra since we relocated to Southern California in 2002. We have regularly gotten together throughout the years at our house, their house, Palm Springs, San Clemente, Newport Beach and other places when we could coordinate our calendars. I have served with Richard during recent years on the Marshall Class of Summer 1950 Reunion Committees which he has Chaired. He has been great to work with. He has always been a special friend. I will miss him dearly!
Sandy & Family --
First impressions stay with you. We first knew Richard was a really good guy when we met at an HSCC Halloween Party. We knew he had a great sense of humor by the really great homemade costume he wore -- didn't he win a prize? Richard was friendly and wise -- okay, maybe even a bit of a wise guy (hee-hee). Though we didn't socialize on a personal level, we enjoyed his company whenever we were around him at HSCC events.
With Smiles & Good Memories of Richard,
Andrea & Al Lawrence
I miss you more than ever! You took care of me as one of the girls and I really miss you. You always took me to the dog park to play with my friends and walks across the street to run free. Mommy is doing a great job taking care of me now and I love her too but we really miss you!
Dickie was the Best Dad anyone could wish for and a genuinely loving and caring person. He did believe that higher education was important to success in business. The one thing he shared with us girls was not to depend on a ‘Man' financially. He wanted us to finish our College education, get a job and then follow life's path as it leads us. He was always sharing the importance of higher education and he financially assisted many close family relatives and friends to continue their education.
Every year we had a family vacations and they were always really fun for the entire family. UCLA Camp Lair of the Bear, Lake Powell house boating, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Williamsburg, Virginia and more…
The birthday parties were pool parties at our home in Woodland Hills which all our friends always enjoyed every year.
Dickie was all about raising us girls to be very educated and independent. He believed in learning by doing parenting style where he enabled the girls to make the decisions with his guidance. One notable example was when he taught us how legal binding contracts work. He would give us cash for good grades and we would pay him cash for bad grades. A sample contract would include names of both parties, the cash for each grade and a signature line for both parties. (example of cash for each grade - A=$50, B=$25, C= $0, D= -$35, F= -$60). This was a great way to learn how contracts work and to motivate us to get good grades which worked very well.
He is already greatly missed! We love you!
Richard was a highly educated Man and wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend to many. He was an entrepreneur at heart and was always looking for that idea to help society. He was always joking with friends and family and spent a lot of time traveling the world with his consulting jobs. He was a great business mentor for his girls and was always interested in their jobs / successes.
Dearest Sandy, Audrey,Debbie & Jamie,
We know how difficult your Loss is. Richard took on a whole Family. And the love & Care shows today in the Life's of you Girls!! You were a family!
And know that to raise and nurture the Family that became his, speaks volume's how Blessed we all were to have known him!
So today we say Thank You for him
As god and his Angels welcomed him into his Eternal Light!!
Most of our memories involve the others at OSI. Like Richard buying a camera to take a picture of everyone and then Richard forgetting how the others are. Richard gets everyone to line up and Ray Pickler drew lines on the chalkboard behind the group and putting height measurements in. Ray is among the less tall and he labeled his line 6ft so everyone else came out taller!
The best way to describe Dick at OSI was that Dick was the straight man. He was great at that and laughed at the shenanigans by the rest of the crew. It was a crazy bunch there and there never was nor never will be a place like that to work again. It was one of kind, ahead of its' time. Dick was part of that. And like I said he was our straight man. And jokes and craziness doesn't work as well without a straight man. He was a good man, kind and caring. It showed. He loved working with hardware and I believe he was one of the men behind the development of the AXP along with JC Tue, the main architect of AXP. He worked hard on marketing that hardware.
Love,Light and laughter,
Ron & Julieanne Case
I saw Richard almost every afternoon as I worked out in the clubhouse gym and watched him walking on the way to the spa. He always gave me a friendly "hello" wave. Seems like it was only yesterday the last time that I last saw him. Once the weather warms up and I go to use the spa, I will fondly think of Richard.
Our father, Dickie, was a God send to our family in many ways. The three things that I am most grateful for are: 1) The day he sat us down and asked if he could marry our Mom, forever changing the quality of our lives. 2) Getting our Mom to stop smoking by asking for that commitment up front and then bribing us with a trip to Disneyland if we caught her slipping up; again improving the quality of our lives. 3) Insisting that we compose a budget and live by it from age 13; ensuring that his three girls grew up with a strong sense of independence and financial awareness. He left his mark in this world through us and now through our children. We will miss him forever and always!!!
You know what amazes me about Uncle Dick? Not only was he highly intelligent, but he was also able to communicate with children at their level. Going to visit my cousins meant another "brain teaser", "What's the difference between a lamb and a sheep?", or the game I never won, "If you can guess the amount of money I have in my pocket, I will give it to you!"
So many lives were touched by him, and he valued each and every one. From his family and friends to his students at school, lives were blessed, lives were changed, and because of him we will never be the same. I love him, miss him, and thank God for every moment I had with him!
Richard will always remain in my thoughts as a gentle, intelligent, and loving
man to Sandy, and her beautiful girls. I liked him the day I met him. My first memory was the children telling me of how he and Sandy met. The freeway?
Another time, he and Sandy took me to a beautiful restaurant to introduce me Swordfish. I still love it. He invited my kids and I on a most memorable trip
on the ocean riding the waves on his boat. Then there was the Hollywood Bowl
with seven kids, Richard, Sandy and I. Another time I remember Richard and Sandy and
children coming up to stay with us in Paradise. I learned to cook an entire
turkey on the Weber with Richards instructions. Again, I still do this today.
My kids would laugh with Richard as he rounded them all up with "the train
is leaving, all aboard!!! Martin, my oldest really became so sad when I told
him Richard had passed. "Mom, he said, "he was really a neat man." I will miss him." We all
will miss him. But not for too long Richard. We all will be together one day.
Dick and Sandy were the best neighbors one could ask for during all those years next door in Woodland Hills. I felt part of their family with all the celebrations, as well as daily life. Dick was such a calm, gentle man surrounded by all his women! May he rest in peace and may all his family cherish wonderful memories. I will.
RICHARD and I worked together at four different companies over a period of more than 30 years He was a team player and we enjoyed working on many projects from submarine based rockets to space equipment. We were early pioneers of the Ion Engine technology which is used on many satellites today. Richard had a unique approach to most engineering problems , and we often used to take long walks at lunch time to discuss possibilities. He will be sorely missed by me and the engineering profession.
George Lee La Crescenta CA.
Richard was our neighbor for many years in Cherry Valley. I will miss his lightening-quick ability to come up with very witty puns for any topic or situation! He always made my laugh and I will miss him a lot.
It is a privilege to have to have known Richard as a friend and neighbor I will miss our times hanging out at the spa sharing our thoughts and lives. Rest in peace my friend!
We are so sorry for your loss. Dr.Bird sounds like a remarkable man, father and grandfather. May all your memories be good ones.
Whenever we had spaghetti at grandmas and grandpas house, grandpa would always say "Yum, aren't these worms good!" We will miss Funny Grandpa!
We Love You,
Connor and Trevor
Grandpa was always telling jokes that made us laugh! Our grandpa was the Best and we will miss him.
Joey, Shea, Connor and Trevor
In lieu of flowers, we are requesting donations be made to the American Hemochromatosis Society http://www.americanhs.org/.
He sounds like a wonderful man and of brilliant mind, I am afflicted with Hemochromatosis and a few other medical complications and just want to express my condolences and thank you for the donation to the Hemochromatosis society. I am in Canada and wish more people would so the same..... this is a wonderful gesture....... shed your tears in a way that they will help something grow....
We extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Sandra Thomas, President
American Hemochromatosis Society (AHS)