Richard James Bianco 91, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 after a short hospitalization for a severe and unrecoverable pneumonia. He was born on July 17, 1922 in Omaha, Nebraska. His wife, Bettie Jane Bianco preceded him in death in 2011 after 66 devoted years together; and he was also preceded in death by granddaughter, Genevieve in 1994. After serving in the Army during WWII Pacific theatre, Dick worked the majority of his career as an electrical engineer during the pioneering days of computers. He spent three decades working at the Ballistic Research Laboratories, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where he was intimately involved in the operations of ENIAC, the first electronic computer built, and its descendants. He happily retired at 55 and moved to Tucson, Arizona where he and Bettie enjoyed year-round golf, traveled the world, and had an active social life with many dear friends. He is survived by daughters, Margaret E. "Peg" Smith and her husband, Clifford W. Smith and daughters, Frances C. Brazzell and Katherine D. Bianco. A proud, loving and generous grandfather, he will be missed by seven grandsons and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his name to Arizona Elks Major Projects (http://www.elks4kids.org/) or to Peppi's House (TMC hospice). A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Elks Tucson Lodge No. 385, 1800 N. Oracle Road, Tucson. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 18, 2014