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August 21, 2018

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August 14, 2017
August 1, 2017
Richard and I worked together at the Texas Water Development Board for 26 years, and I always enjoyed listening to his lectures about the hydrogeology of Texas. We coauthored one Board report on the Water Quality of Transboundary Aquifers of the Rio Grande, which my only contribution was as a technical writer and knowledge of water quality. That meant I had to talk to Richard and other prominent hydrogeologist, like David Thorkildsen, about the those aquifers and monitoring wells in them. It also meant that I had to squeeze my way into Richard's office, which had book cases on along every wall with his vast library and rocks on every other floor space. It was not an easy task getting in and out of his office, but Richard knew where every book, technical report, and rock was in his office. He frequently pulled them out to give me a reading assignment on whatever topic we were working on. Occasionally when I made the mistake of leaning back against a book shelf, a book or rock would fall on me to his enjoyment. I told him that his office had a lot of hazards, and he told me that was by design so he could limit people coming into his office. There simply was no other person in the agency with his personality, knowledge, and sense of humor. I will miss him greatly. My condolences to his family and friends.
July 29, 2017
Richard will be missed by so many people. He and I had great memories from working together at the Texas Water Development Board and going over these memories at the old timers luncheon on the second Tuesday of each month.
He would always ask how my wife Molly was doing and give her a squeeze from him. What a great friend and boss. He will truly be missed.
July 27, 2017
I am very sorry to hear of Richard passing. He and I were adult leaders together in Boy Scout Troop 80, in Manchaca, TX from around 1978 to 1990. He was one of the stalwarts of the Troop, attending all the meetings and camp outs, contributing in many ways to our programs. He, and others like him, are the reason for Scouting's success in helping young boys grow into young men, as successful, contributing members of society. He will always be remembered by the Troop 80 family. Thank you, Richard.