Richard A. Reeves
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Age 83, of Glen Mills, PA, formerly of North Wilmington, died on June 27, 2013 after a short battle with acute leukemia. Dick was born in Seattle, Washington, son of the late Lester and Susan Reeves. He attended schools in Seattle, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1952, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Dick completed his education at the University of California at Los Angeles, receiving a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1957. There he was a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow.
At the University of Washington he met his wife, Joan, and they shared 59 years of marriage and the joys of raising three children.
Following graduate school, Dick worked for several years in the San Francisco Bay area, and then accepted employment with Du Pont. The family moved to Wilmington for several years, then to Chattanooga, and returned to Wilmington in 1977. Dick retired in 1991 having held several technical and management positions.
While still employed, Dick's work involved extensive travel to Europe and Japan, and Joan sometimes accompanied him. After his retirement, they traveled even more extensively internationally and in the United States, emphasizing a shared love of nature and of history. Painting and golf were other shared enthusiasms. Dick was for several years an instructor in Civil War history at the Academy of Life-Long Learning. At their retirement community of Maris Grove, they were frequent bridge players, and Dick enjoyed participating in dramatic productions. Throughout this time, the growth of their five grand children was a source of constant joy.
In addition to his parents, Dick was pre-deceased by his brother, Marvin, and sister, Phyllis Jackson, of Seattle. He is survived by his wife, Joan, their three children and their families: son, David and his wife, Cynthia, of Kansas City, and their children, April, of Washington, DC, and Brooke, of Kansas City; son, Ken, of Port St Lucie, FL; daughter, Deborah and her husband, Lawrence Wagner, Jr., and their three children, Katie, Allie, and Matt, all of Winston-Salem.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 1-3PM in the Catering Room at Maris Grove Cardinal Clubhouse, 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA. . Memorial contributions can be made to The Wilderness Society or any health-related entity or the Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Arr: Pagano Funeral Home, Garnet Valley, PA.
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Published in The News Journal from July 2 to July 4, 2013