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DR. TIMOTHY ALBERT BURTON RICHARDS


1946 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
DR.  TIMOTHY ALBERT BURTON RICHARDS Obituary
DR. TIMOTHY ALBERT BURTON RICHARDS 1946-2014 It is with great sadness that the family of Timothy Albert Burton Richards announces his passing on May 14, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice. Tim was born February 9, 1946 in Bristol, England, only child of Millicent Grace Richards and Albert Frederick Burton Richards, M.C. Tim is survived by his wife, Judith Richards, children Joanna Catherine Urrutia Richards (Juan Pablo Urrutia), Nathaniel A. B. Richards (Areli Gutierrez), Josephine Kate Kurz, and four grandchildren, Emma Urrutia, Nigel Richards, Madeline and Claire Kurz, and our caring friend of twelve years, Iris Vallecillo. Tim attended Cheam Church of England School for Boys in Surrey and later Monmouth School in Wales, where he was a champion swimmer and exceptional rugby player and cricketer. He earned a B.A. in Spanish at Bristol University, M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (where he met future wife Judith) and PhD. at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1980. After graduating he became Director of the University of Colorado's Study Abroad Program in Xalapa, Mexico from 1979-1981. In Fall 1981 Tim joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he became Professor of Spanish and later Professor Emeritus of Spanish in 2003. While at UMKC he arranged summer study abroad programs that included trips to archeological sites in Mexico and Central America, a passion he shared with many students over the years. Tim's other passion was the British football team Arsenal, that last Saturday won the esteemed Football Association Cup. How he would have enjoyed that! In February 1999 Tim suffered a traumatic head injury that left him paralyzed and "locked-in," only able to "speak" with his eyes. The bravery, patience and resolve that Tim and Judith exhibited in his battle to survive and to enjoy their life to the full with family and friends were exemplary beyond measure and afforded those who loved Tim precious additional time together with him. Tim will be remembered for his immense generosity of spirit and selfless commitment to those whom he knew in both a professional and a personal capacity. His love of learning, coupled with a witty and penetrating sense of humor, made him an outstanding friend, colleague and professor whose teaching had an impact on so many around him. His love for and dedication to his family was incomparable. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Tim Richards will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Broadway and 14th Street, May 24, 11:00 a.m. Instead of flowers the family would appreciate a donation to UMKC Tim Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Karen English in University Advancement. (Arrangements: Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, 8837 Roe, Prairie Village, KS 66207; 913-383- 9888) C
Published in Kansas City Star on May 21, 2014
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