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February 15, 2009
I only knew Richard briefly back in high school. I played 4th board for Bethel's chess team so I never got to play him. He played our 1st, mark allen and I played a guy with last name Santangelo. I remember richard being really committed to chess. He seemed to really love it. He came across as a really nice kid. (1971) Even though our team edged HRA for the Va. team title, Richard won the individual title. I watched some of his games and i was glad i wasn't playing him. He was really good, even then. I'm happy to see he was able to pursue his dream

bill evans (Dorset, OH)
January 08, 2005
A mutual friend's Christmas letter shocked me with the news of Rich's death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially Alicia, whom I never had the opportunity to meet.

I lost touch with Rich after U.Va, but was lucky to be among his friends there. We met when he co-taught a freshman seminar on the works of T.H. White and J.R.R. Tolkien with a friend who later became my first husband.

I'll never forget Rich's thoughtfulness and great sense of humor. (His memory was legendary; it was rumored that he could recite all the Secretaries of State backwards, and had memorized the freshman yearbook!) I treasure the memory of many late-night Hearts games and the click of the speed chess timer in the background whenever I visited the place on JPA. Jeff's collie, Arrow, loved him.
October 24, 2004
I have only just recently heard of Rich's passing. He was a friend to my wife Kim and myself, and a colleague who's examples of character and dedication I will never forget. His good humor was infectious -- but underneath it was also generous and never cynical. Our sincerest condolences go out to all his family and his friends.
October 22, 2004
We're stunned and saddened to hear of Rich's passing. He was a friend and mentor for many years. Even now I can see his broad smile and hear his infectious laughter. I never got up the nerve to play Rich in chess - although he assured me with a broad grin that it would be a short game. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family.
August 06, 2004
I will miss Rich so much since I really took his friendship for granted, expecting to know him always. As friends both before and after our marriages, Rich was always good about keeping in touch and catching me up on the activities of our mutual friends. He was always willing to try new things from tennis (neither of us played very well) to dance lessons (don't ask!). I knew he played chess and traveled to tournaments but never had any idea of his accomplishments since he never put himself forward. He worked hard and never complained. He found the love of his life in Alicia and spoke so proudly of her. I was so thrilled that my friend had met someone to share his life with. It was so nice that after they married we still remained friends and shared beach vacations and lots of dinners out. He was always content and his faith was an important part of his life. His joy was Alicia and their special trips together. I thank Rich for my friendship with Alicia and hope to make more special memories though there will always be a sense of loss and that is ok because you don't forget special friends.
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