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  • "Dick was a very fine gentleman. I had the pleasure of..."
    - Bruce Brooks
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    - Randy Bogle
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    - Maureen & Rick Tyson
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MATHIEU RICHARD D. MATHIEU (Age 87) Of Annapolis, MD, died April 4, 2014. Born June 23, 1926 in Trappe, PA to Percy and Gertrude Mathieu. After graduation from Collegeville/Trappe High School he served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation ordinanceman during WWII. At Pennsylvania State University, he earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1961, he joined the Space Science Laboratory of General Electric's Missile Space Division in King of Prussia, PA. In 1965, Dr. Mathieu began 37 years of service at the U.S. Naval Academy. A gifted teacher and administrator, he profoundly shaped the Naval Academy that exists today in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Aerospace Engineering program, liaison scientist to the London Branch of the Office of Naval Research, Director of Research, Associate Dean, Vice Academic Dean, Institutional Athletic Representative and faculty representative for football. In 1996 he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for "exceptional professional ability, initiative and loyal dedication to duty'. When he retired in 2002 at age 76, he received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award and was recognized by the Navy Times as the last World War II veteran on an academy staff. "Dick' had a positive influence on the lives of many people. The Mathieu home was open to generations of Midshipmen seeking a "home away from home'. He and his wife Doris were dedicated boosters at Navy athletic contests. Most importantly, Dick enjoyed spending time with family and close friends. He shared a love for the outdoors including the beach, boating and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Graber Mathieu; daughter, Lynn Mathieu Venuto and her husband, Peter of Greenville, SC; grandchild, Daniel Venuto, wife Laurie, great-grandchildren Jake and Josh, grandchildren, Matt Venuto and Kate Venuto; daughter, Ann E. Mathieu and husband, Paul Minter of Fredericksburg, VA; son Richard Graber Mathieu and wife, Peggy of Harrisonburg, VA, grandchildren, Pattie Mathieu and Richard Smith Mathieu. A memorial service will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel on Tuesday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, 247 King George Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21402. Online condolences may be made at:

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 13, 2014
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