Richard Victor Lechowich

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Richard Victor Lechowich passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of November 8 in Gainesville, Florida. He was 80 years old, and was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 23, 1933.

Richard is survived by his wife, Isabel Wolf; his sons Ronald Lechowich and granddaughter Kallee of Salem, Virginia; Lieutenant Colonel Richard Lechowich, U.S. Army Retired, wife Gina and granddaughter Erika; his daughter-in-law Jennifer and great granddaughter Natalie of Valrico, Florida; Steven Lechowich, granddaughters Gretchen and Annika of Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughters Karen Lewis, husband Randy and grandson Brett of Pittsgrove, New Jersey; Ellen Machado, husband Rob and grandsons Zachary and Max, and granddaughter Raegan of Harrisburg, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his grandson, First Lieutenant Ivan Lechowich; his sister, Elaine Morrow and his parents Stella and Victor Lechowich.

Richard V. Lechowich received his BS and Master's degrees at the University of Chicago, followed by his PhD at the University of Illinois, all in Microbiology.

Richard taught Food Science on the faculty of the University of Michigan and also at Virginia Tech where he was the Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology. His volume of academic work, publications and awards is substantial.

After leaving academia, Richard continued his career in the private sector, with leadership positions at Kraft and the National Center for Food Safety and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After moving to Gainesville, he continued consulting for several national corporations.

In retirement in Gainesville, Richard happily enjoyed his hobbies with his wife Isabel, particularly loving travel, classical music, reading, and seeing family and friends. Both Richard and Isabel especially enjoyed being active for the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation in Richard's name to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606


Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2013
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