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Tomkins Richard. Richard Tomkins, 71, passed away in Baltimore, MD following complications from a series of strokes. A celebration of his life will be held at 11am on Thursday, May 3rd at Truro Anglican Church, 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030. Memorial donations may be made in Richard's name to the PTSD Foundation of America, www.ptsdusa.org. Richard was born on June 14th, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA to Bertman and Angelina Tomkins. Richard graduated high school in Manila in 1965 and moved back to the US to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. After college, Richard decided to pursue journalism and purchased a one way ticket from the US where his life as a foreign correspondent began. From 1975 - 1978, Richard traveled throughout East Africa, covering multiple civil wars and conflicts in the region. In 1978, Richard moved to Iran where he covered the revolution, from anti-Shah demonstrations through the Iranian Hostage Crisis. In 1980, Richard moved to Hong Kong where he covered stories throughout Asia, having multiple photographs featured in Time Magazine. In 1982, Richard's life changed forever when he met his future wife, Jenny. The two met while working together in United Press International's Hong Kong Bureau. The two married in 1982 and had their first child, Nick, in 1985. While in Hong Kong, Richard left on assignment to Beirut to cover conflicts in Lebanon. In 1989, Richard and Jennifer had their second child, Pat. Following Pat's birth, Richard moved the family to Fairfax, VA where he worked in Washington, DC reporting on political and military affairs throughout the 90s. In 2000, Richard served as a member of the White House Press Corps and Pentagon correspondent.Following 9/11, Richard followed his sense of adventure and served as an imbedded journalist with the US military during the invasion of Afghanistan (fall of 2001 to 2002). In the spring of 2003, Richard imbedded once again with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, Richard unexpectedly lost the love of his life due to a stroke. Following Jenny's death, Richard went back to what he enjoyed - serving in hotspots as a reporter. From 2007-2010, Richard traveled back and forth between Iraq and Afghanistan covering both conflicts. In 2008, Richard sustained injuries from an Improvised Explosive Device while his convoy was attacked in Eastern Iraq. Richard carried on and continued reporting until returning stateside in 2010. Richard continued freelance reporting until officially retiring in 2016. Richard will always be remembered for his sense of humor and adventure, as well as his love for his family. Richard is survived by his sisters, Patty and Linda, and his two sons – Nick, a US Army Officer in the DC area; and Pat, a Paramedic in Australia. Please sign the Guestbook at www.legacy.com/washingtontimes
Published in Washington Times on Apr. 25, 2018
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