• Weaver Mortuary and Crematory
    Beaumont, CA
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Dr. Richard Max Bird 1932 - 2014

Dr. Richard Max Bird

January 26, 2015
So sad to hear of Dick's passing. He was such a beautiful, caring, and generous man. My sincerest (belated) condolences.
Madeline Fenner
San Diego, CA
March 27, 2014

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!

Richard Conant
March 27, 2014
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
March 25, 2014
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!

Love You,
March 25, 2014
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!
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