Henry E. Richter Jr.

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Dr. Henry E. "Hal" Richter, Jr., a resident of Annapolis, Maryland, and previously, Severna Park, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, of complications due to Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Richter served twenty years in the U.S. Navy, followed by seventeen years as a Professor and practicing surgeon at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and University Hospital in Baltimore. Quick-witted, dedicated, and kind, he was much loved by generations of family and friends, and was highly respected professionally as a surgeon and teacher. Dr. Richter was born on April 18, 1932 in Emergency Hospital in Annapolis while his father, also a Naval Officer, was stationed at the Naval Academy. Throughout his school years, the family moved with his father's changing duty stations, including Berkely and San Diego, CA, and Cartagena, Columbia during part of World War II. He graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego in 1950, and earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1954. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the Naval Reserve Officer Corps, which enabled him to attend dental school in Baltimore. On February 18, 1956, he married Elizabeth "Libby" Foster of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, who would go on to be his loving wife and companion until her death 56 years later. When he graduated with his D.D.S. in 1958, he entered active duty in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. During his early Navy career, he furthered his professional training in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, which he practiced for the remainder of his professional life. Dr. Richter served on two ships, the USS Jason, and the USS Coral Sea during the Viet Nam war, and at numerous Naval Hospitals including New London, Connecticut, Yokosuka, Japan, Bethesda, Maryland, and San Diego, Oakland and Camp Pendleton in California. He retired from service in 1978 with the rank of Captain. Dr. Richter then joined the faculty of his alma mater as an Associate Professor, practicing and teaching in Baltimore. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Oral and & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Richter retired from the University of Maryland in 1997. Notably, he was so well admired that all seventeen chief residents who studied under him in his years at Maryland returned from around the world to attend his retirement party. Throughout his life, Dr. Richter pursued many interests and hobbies. It was jokingly said of him that he was a frustrated engineer who's fall-back plan was to become a surgeon. At different times – and often at the same time – he would have a number of projects in progress, which included making his young family's first color TV from an electronics kit, re-building a classic Porsche, cruising his prized sailboats, building a dark room at home for his photography, and flying radio-controlled model airplanes – sometimes with spectacular crashes! Most of all, he loved being a doctor and helping people. And although he liked to complain about being "on call" with the emergency room, he enjoyed his work, speeding in to the hospital at all hours in his sports car with the "Shock Trauma Team" license plate frame on it. In retirement, he traveled the world to fulfill his endless curiosity. Locally, he was active as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Radio Control Club, Fleet Reserve Club of Annapolis, the International Club of Annapolis, Woods Presbyterian Church of Severna Park, the Annapolis Chapter of the Navy League, and the Annapolis Yacht Club. He is survived by his three sons and their wives, David and Vickie Richter of Seabeck, Washington, Jonathan and Sheba Richter of Annapolis, and Thomas and Sabine Richter of New York City; two granddaughters and their husbands, Alyssa R. and Paul Quinlivan of Poulsbo, Washington, and Brenna R. and John Robertson, of Port Orchard, Washington; and five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Libby, sister, Elan R. Cull of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and his parents, Captain Henry E. Richter (USNA Class of 1924) and Mable S. Richter of San Diego, California. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, MD, 21146. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the , , or Hospice of the Chesapeake, hospicechesapeake.org.
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Woods Memorial Presbyterian
611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Severna Park, MD 21146
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Published in The Capital Gazette on Jan. 11, 2019
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