I was shocked to learn of Richard's passing. Though I had not seen him for many years I always assumed I would see him again. I knew him from the Virginia chess scene in the early 70s. Though we did not spend a lot of time together, his warmth and graciousness were such as to make me feel close. I remember fondly a game of "partner chess" where Richard had the misfortune to have me for his partner. I spied a queen sacrifice for our side which I would never have looked at had I not had such a brilliant partner. Not wanting to let him down I examined the move, found it apparently sound, and made the sacrifice. Richard's face lit up and he gave me a high five. "What a partner!" he exclaimed. I hope the elation of that moment compensated him some for the many times I failed to divine his schemes. Richard, I am grieved that you are gone, and my prayers are with your family.