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April 7, 1948 - October 5, 2015 Richard "Rich" L�pez, 67, passed away peacefully at UCLA Medical Center on October 5, 2015 after a three-year battle with cancer. Born in San Francisco on April 7, 1948 to Martha and Manuel L�pez, Richard quickly exhibited an aptitude for all things mechanical. He later made full use of this talent and picked up a lifelong hobby of building model airplanes. Richard also possessed a great love of learning, graduating from Lowell High School in 1966 and earning a bachelor's degree in History from UC Berkeley and two master's degrees in Education from USF and Cal State LA respectively. He served as an educator for over 30 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District and retired as an elementary school principal in 2009. After retirement, Richard became an avid biker and traveled frequently with his family for fun and model airplane contests. Richard is survived by his wife Joanne, his children Kaitlin and Colin, his father Manuel, his sister Gladys, and his brother Tony. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at St. Anastasia Church, 7390 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Lowell Alumni Association in San Francisco, CA or the Academy of Model Aeronautics Foundation in Muncie, IN.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2015
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