Dick Bailey of MCFA and The Buckingham - passed away May 7th after a sudden stroke three days earlier. He was 83.
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Mr. Bailey was a patron of the Houston ballet and symphony, a strong advocate of Oberlin College in Ohio, and for 57 years a marketing systems specialist for Mitsubishi/Caterpillar and its predecessors. He never stopped working - having even been at his office the day before his devastating stroke.
For ten years Dick had been a Buckingham resident and (to his pride and amusement) had become a face of the Buckingham in advertising for its facilities and services. He passed peacefully only after arriving home at the Buckingham.
Oberlin President, Marvin Krislov, recognizing Dick's decades of support called him "one of the great citizens of Oberlin College…. In his life, his work, and his belief in helping others through education, Dick embodied Oberlin's values."
Dick graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio in 1947, from Oberlin in 1951, and the Harvard Business School in 1953. In the mid- 1950's, Lt. Bailey served as a gunnery officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific.
All who knew him remember Dick Bailey as a "gentle giant" - a brilliant, soft-spoken, caring leader - always available to help, never seeking attention for himself. Oberlin remembers his generous contributions and honors his non-stop commitment with an athletic scholarship, a Climbing Wall, and soon an athletic field bearing his name. MCFA remembers and honors him with the Bailey Conference Room.
His family and friends will remember and honor him with a celebration of his remarkable life - at The Buckingham (8580 Woodway Drive, Houston) from 3:00 to 4:30pm on Sunday, June 2nd.
Dick is survived by his partner of 18 years, Simon Li of Houston, brothers in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, DC, - and a host of nieces, nephews, and in-laws of many generations in OH, DC, MA, SC, NM, GA and NC.
Simon and the rest of the family encourage those who wish to make a contribution to honor Dick Bailey, his humility and his humanity, to consider supporting a cause dear to his heart: "Autism Speaks" at http://www.autismspeaks.org/
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 12, 2013