WILMINGTON, Del. - Richard Burton Douglas, also known as "Dick" or "Archie," 87, died at home on Monday (Sept. 24, 2012) surrounded by his loving and devoted family.
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He was the former director of public affairs for Hercules Inc., retiring in 1987.
Born in Mount Jewett, Pa., Dick graduated from St. Bernard High School, Class of 1943, Bradford, Pa., and enlisted at age 18 in the U.S. Army during World War II. A member of the 1st Infantry Division, 26 Regiment, Companies B & C, the "The Red One," he stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received two Purple Hearts and numerous awards and medals. He was our hero and a hero to this country.
After the war, he graduated from St. Bonaventure (N.Y.) University and started his career in Washington, D.C., with a government position as an officer for the U.S. Air Force and the Navy Department Bureau of Ordinances, holding top secret clearance. While in Washington, he met his bride, Regina (Jean) Augustine from Nanticoke, Pa., and they started their family.
In 1959, Hercules Powder Co. recruited Dick to Wilmington. Active in community affairs, he was on the boards of the Hercules Country Club, the Better Business Bureau, The Heart Association and the Dialog Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Delaware. He was a member of the Hercules and Wilmington country clubs, Rodney Square Club, the Wilmington Rotary Club, and he served for years as "Steward of Publicity" for the Scottish Games Association of Delaware. He represented Hercules in various national groups in a public relations capacity, including the National Press Club.
An avid traveler, Dick visited more than 23 countries and most of the United States. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf, studying Civil War history and working on his genealogy. He was a voracious reader and a great storyteller, but his true passion was spending quality time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his precious wife of 57 years, Jean; and their three children, Ann, Nancy and Bruce, all of Wilmington. Also surviving is a loving sister, Mary O. Clegg of Webster, N.Y.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie and Maurice Cardone, both of Nanticoke; brother-in-law, Norman Augustine of North Port, Fla.; and many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews around the world.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clark J. Douglas in 1925; his second father, John J. O'Connell in 1971; his mother, Marion O'Connell in 1995; and his sister-in-law and nephew, Carol and Paul Augustine.
Services were held Sept. 29 in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the non-profit organization the Delaware Association of the Blind (DAB), 800 West St., Wilmington, DE 19801 www.DABDEL.org; or to any organization that touches the donor's life.
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2012