Dr. Richard L. Belcher

Dr. Richard L. Belcher
Chesapeake - died on December 20, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones. He was just shy of his 75th birthday. He was preceeded in death by his mother and step-father, Gladys & Bernard Tumlin (Buffalo, N.Y.); and Dr. Birgit Belcher (Va. Beach).

He is survived by his wife, Karen Belcher: daughter, Simone Belcher Mays; son-in-law, John A. Mays; grandson, Mason Mays; sister & brother-in-law, Helen & James Bryant (Buffalo, N.Y.) along with their children Marlo, Martin, & Jimmy; brother & sister-in-law, Bernard Jr & Ruby Tumlin; his best friend & surgeon, Dr. Cedric Pinckens; and countless other friends, colleagues, & patients.

Dr. Belcher was born in Alabama but spent most of his childhood in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a 1956 graduate of Bennett High School and a 1960 graduate of Howard University (D.C.). Thereafter he moved to Germany where he earned a medical degree and PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1967. After returning to the U.S., he interned as a surgeon at New Rochelle Hospital and soon thereafter moved to Tidewater where he was in private OB-GYN practice for over 30 years.

He was also a musician who played the clarinet, piano, flute, saxophone, and vibes. He was a lover of jazz music & a Porsche fanatic.

We will celebrate his life on December 28, 2011, at the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier starting @ 5 p.m.
709 Eden Way North. Email [email protected] for inquiries.

Funeral Home

National Cremation
1110 North Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 496-4736

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 25, 2011