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PETTY, RICHARD L. On February 21, 2013, Richard L. Petty left his earthly body due to heart failure at Chase Care Center in El Cajon, California. Richard was born to James and Gladys Petty on August 24, 1933 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York. After high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 through 1956. Richard earned a degree from New York City College. He later went to work at Naval Ocean Systems Center (NOSC), in San Diego, CA. During his tenure he received in excess of 20 awards and accommodations for his contributions to satellite design. Richard was an avid reader and enjoyed all things mathematical and technological. There is one more thing to add to his list of loves and that's jazz. He will truly be missed. Richard's services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ United Presbyterian Church, 3025 Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92102, (619) 239-2346.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 28, 2013
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