Richard Fuhrman

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Richard Charles Fuhrman, 69, of Seabrook, TX, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on December 5, 2011 after a long illness.

Richard was born to Fred and Olga Fuhrman on June 19, 1942, in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1968 with a degree in Geology and went to work for the US Geological Survey in Washington DC. In 1971 he moved to Texas to work in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at Johnson Space Center, working with lunar samples from the Apollo missions. For the past 38 years Richard was an inventor and owner of Fuhrman Diversified, maker of animal handling and capture equipment as well as video observation systems. His custom equipment is used by thousands of zoos, universities, and research facilities on all seven continents.

Active in his community, Richard was a founder and 38-year member of the Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps who saved numerous lives. He had a life-long commitment to the Boy Scouts of America both as a scout in his youth and as a scoutmaster, merit badge counselor, first-aid officer, and mentor to numerous Eagle Scouts as an adult. Given his expertise in reptiles, he was frequently called upon to give educational talks on native reptile species to schools and organizations. He was also an active member in the Lutheran church throughout his life, most recently at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Clear Lake.

Richard is survived by his daughters Hillary Fuhrman-Tomhave (Alan), Jodi Fuhrman-Lopez (Ale), son Grant Fuhrman (Alissa), and his 5 beloved grandchildren, Zackary, Evan, Leandra, Aidan, and Oliver. He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Fuhrman and Tom Fuhrman. He was a loving, proud father and an adoring grandfather. Family was very important to him and he took great joy in being a part of our lives. We will miss him dearly, but he will always live in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 10th at 2pm at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 14045 Space Center Blvd., Houston, TX 77062. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Richard's name to Armand Bayou Nature Center, In Memory of Richard Fuhrman, PO Box 58828, Houston, TX 77258, www.abnc.org.


Published on yourbayareanews.com from Dec. 8 to Dec. 21, 2011