Dr. Kristy L. Richards
1968 - 2019
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Dr. Kristy L. Richards

New York City - Dr. Kristy L. Richards passed away on March 30, 2019, surrounded by her family at her home in New York City. She was 50 years old. Kristy was born on July 27, 1968 in Chambersburg, PA. She graduated from McConnellsburg High School in 1986, earned her BS degree from Cornell University in 1990, followed by a Ph.D. in genetics in 1997 and an M.D.in 2001, both from Stanford University. She did her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. After completing her fellowship, she obtained a position as an Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, NC.

As an oncologist who treated humans with lymphoma, Kristy was intimately familiar with treatment failures and devoted her time as a clinician and researcher to finding new and better alternatives for her patients. During her first faculty position at UNC, she began collaborating with the veterinary oncology team. She then moved back to Ithaca, NY. There she occupied a position as an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine to better integrate her comparative studies. Kristy was a true shining star in the oncology community who helped bridge ties between veterinary and human medicine. She was wholly committed to wiping out the disease that so unfairly took her life.

Kristy was a brilliant and talented individual with an energetic and engaging personality. She touched many lives during her brief stay on this planet. While she dedicated much of her time to science by treating patients, performing research, and educating others through talks given all over the world, in her spare time she enjoyed travelling with friends, cheering on her favorite sports teams (Go Tarheels and Bills!), and reveling in all things purple. Kristy enjoyed spending holidays with her family,especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. She would also always find time for a visit to McConnellsburg when Sun High peaches and apple dumplings were in season.

Kristy is survived by her parents, Dennis and Nancy Richards of McConnellsburg, PA; her sister Kendra Fielding, wife of Jason, of Centerton, AR; her brotherKevin, husband of Rachel, of Chambersburg, PA; nephew Jayden Fielding; and nieces Macey Fielding and Lavery Richards.

A memorial luncheon will be held on June 23, 2019 at the United Methodist Church of McConnellsburg, 121 North 2nd Street, McConnellsburg, PA from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kristy's life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the organizations listed below:

CLEAR - https://clearcaninecancer.com

National Center for Science Education - https://nsce.com

Doctors Without Borders - https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org

PGSS Campaign, Inc - http://www.pgsscampaign.org/

Corporation for Public Broadcasting - https://www.cpb.org




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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 14, 2019.
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July 7, 2019
I met Dr. Richards once, while visiting veterinary students at Cornell, and invited her to dinner with myself and the students. She was so gracious in helping me as I was learning about translational medicine. I am very sorry to hear of her passing.
Stacy Pritt
June 24, 2019
I want to share my condolences. Kristy was an amazing woman, scientist, doctor and friend. I am going to miss her very much. I had the good fortune of being able to work with her when she was at UNC. I loved her no-nonsense dedication to research and medicine, she was really committed to making a difference. I also loved her laugh and good nature. She was so welcoming and even listened to some of my crazy ideas. I am so sorry she is gone. I will always remember that she made the world a better place when she was here.
Lee Graves
June 6, 2019
So sorry to hear about Kristy. My condolences to her family. She was kind and driven to help me when our golden retriever Max had lymphoma. She never gave up, always optimistic. I was impressed with her ideas to create a chemo prevention compound in dogs that could be used for humans - for those at risk before disease advances. I hope her work continues.
Marc Newman
May 9, 2019
My condolences for your loss. It's times like these when the loving promises of our Heavenly Father can bring us comfort and can soften some of the pain we feel in our hearts. May God grant you guidance, strength and peace during your time of sorrow. 1Thessalonians 4:13,14
S H
April 23, 2019
I am really shocked and saddened. I remember Kristy's super intelligence, good natured spirit, and sincere kindness. My condolences to her family and friends. I feel lucky to have known her briefly during formative periods of our lives - PA Governor's School and college. I'm sorry for this tragic loss. She will be fondly remembered.
Eric Hansotte
April 15, 2019
Nancy, so sorry to hear of your loss. You had an amazing daughter. May God carry your family through this tough journey
Nancy McKee
April 14, 2019
Thinking of the Richards family during this time.
Ashley Fix
April 14, 2019
Losing someone that we love never comes easy. It is truly heartbreaking. May God's promises in Isaiah 65:17 comfort and help you.
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