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August 21, 2018

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January 17, 2018
Dear Gig,

Dick was one of the finest persons that I had even know. Working with Dick was one of the best experiences that I could have. I know we be missed by you and all his family and friends.
January 11, 2018
Dear Gig and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Mac's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

I know you have many fond memories of times together with Louise and Jim.

My Sympathy,
Adele Haas (Louise's sister)
January 10, 2018
Grace and I were sorry to hear of Dick's passing. During his years with the New Haven Water Company and the Regional Water Authority he was a fearless advocate for adequcy and purity of public drinking water. Dick was new to the Company, having been recruited as a civil engineer from a Hudson Valley town in New York in the early 1970's where he was director of public works. He could not have come to Connecticut at a more challenging time. Meeting the new water quality standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act required the construction of new pumping stations, filter plants, water storage towers, and transmission mains. I got to know Dick very well. He brought me in from the woods (I was company forester at the time) to assist him with locating sites for construction projects, zoning, and other land use issues. Following acquisition of New Haven Water Company in 1980 by the Regional Water Authority, he was promoted as CEO of the management team. Serving with distinction until his retirement in 1994 he also contributed his expertise to other organizations involved with public drinking water: the drinking water supplies section of the state health department, state committees dealing with water quality and adequacy, and at the national level the AWWA water resource foundation where he was active in setting water research priorities. Dick had a sense of humor expressed with an infectuous laugh. But sensing indifference by a subordinate, a sloppy investigation, or unwillingness to make decisions when a decision was called for at a lower level of responsibility, his persona changed 180 degrees. His passing should be a reminder that public drinking water should not be taken for granted and it takes good leaders like Dick to insure its purity and adequacy so necessary for our health and well-being. Otto Schaefer
January 10, 2018
Posted on my Facebook page: Time to remember the Best of the Best. I am so fortunate to have had a boss who was so special and became such a dear friend. I have such wonderful memories of the laughs we had dealing with tough issues and for his understanding as I had to be hit on the head several times before I would get the message about all that engineering stuff. Thanks Pal for bearing with me and for teaching me how water flows. Dick and his dear wife Gig will always be such special people in my life and hold a very dear place in my heart. AWWA, CTAWWA, CWWA and AWWARF are all the better organizations because they had someone like Dick help carry the ball. Hope everyone who knew Dick and will miss him who can't be at the calling hours will join me this Friday in a toast to Dick -- the Gentlemen of all ages. God Bless him and his family!