I am very sad to learn of Richard's passing. I am a former York resident and met Richard on behalf of the University of Arkansas, since he is an alumnus of our Law School. We became friends and had many nice visits over the past several years. I appreciated his always-professional manner and loved his fervor for education and his gentle wit. I especially enjoyed hosting him and meeting his daughter, Lauren, when they visited campus in 2008. We enjoyed hearing him relive stories of his college days studying law here and his law career experiences which thrust him into the national spotlight for a time. I am honored to have known Richard and extend my deepest sympathy to Lauren, Rita, and his family and friends.