Baldau, Richard Stanley
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June 19, 1934 - Feb. 20, 2013
Richard Stanley Baldau, 78, of Sarasota, FL, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on February 20, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Dick was born in Lakewood, Ohio, but spent most of his childhood on the east side of Cleveland, graduating from Shaw High School, studying at Hiram College, and earning his degree from Western Reserve University. He served in the Army from 1957 through 1959, including 16 months in Korea.
His professional career focused on civil rights enforcement. He worked with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare on school desegregation in the southern United States, and then with the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Labor on equal pay for equal work issues, new career paths for women, and national training on equal opportunity compliance.
He was active in community theater, working with the Silver Spring Stage in Maryland and serving as executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Theaters. In Sarasota he worked with the Guild of the Asolo Repertory Theater, serving as co-president and as chair of its tour guides. He also volunteered at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and at the Institute for Advanced Medicine.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, his daughter Stephannie, his son Todd and granddaughters Kira and Sarah. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asolo Repertory Guild or to your local community theater.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2013