Richard P. Mellon
1939 - 2020
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Richard P. Mellon, 81, of Ligonier, died Monday night, July 27, 2020, after a prolonged illness, while visiting his summer home on Cousins Island, Maine. Mr. Mellon was born May 19, 1939, and was the eldest son of the late Gen. Richard King Mellon and Constance Prosser Mellon. He was a lifelong resident of Ligonier, where he attended Valley School of Ligonier for his primary years. Mr. Mellon graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, attended the University of Pittsburgh and later proudly served in the Army until his honorable discharge as a first lieutenant. Following his service, he was employed at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He was an ardent outdoorsman and conservationist who had an enduring love for the natural environment. His adventures with family and friends, including time spent hunting and boating in Alaska, Georgia, Cape Cod and Maine, were among the greatest joys in his life. Mr. Mellon, a lifelong philanthropist, will be remembered as a true gentleman with a remarkable sense of humor and a passion for reading. His kindness and generosity were hallmarks of his leadership at the Richard King Mellon Foundation, where he served as board president and later chairman. He retired from the board in 2010 and remained an active emeritus member thereafter. In addition to his wife, Kathryn Dybdal, he is survived by his sons, Richard Adams and Armour Negley (Sophie); two grandchildren, Henry and Louise; his sister, Cassandra Milbury (Morley); and his brother, Seward Prosser (Sandy), all residents of Ligonier. He was preceded in death by his sister, Constance Barber Mellon. He was devoted to his stepdaughter, Shrevie Sheppard (James), and their three children. Mr. Mellon was a member and longtime governor of Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier; a member of the Quissett Yacht Club, Falmouth, Mass.; and a member of the Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas. He was an Episcopalian and a member of St. Michaels of the Valley, Rector. A family service will be held with the Rev. Dr. James B. Simons officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to The Conservation Fund, 1655 N. Fort Myers Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209; and/or to Valley School of Ligonier, P.O. Box 616, Ligonier, PA 15658.

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Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2020.
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John Hamilton
July 31, 2020
R. P. Mellon was a very personable figure at the Richard K. Mellon and Sons office for many years. The Foundation was crucial for contributing to the environmental and civic entities of Pittsburgh and beyond. He will be missed by many! Rest In Peace
Diane Sracic
July 31, 2020
Raymond E Speicher
July 30, 2020
Jerry Alan
July 30, 2020
John & Nina Bottomley
July 30, 2020
True American Icon and Legend has fallen. Gone but not Forgotten. RIP Brave Warrior. The world is a much better place since Richard walked upon this earth.
Mike Ross
July 30, 2020
Both his military service and his public services to others less fortunate are true markers of a good man. Choosing to serve as an Officer after WWII was an unselfish and honorable action and one replicated in other areas of his life. My condolences to his extended family.
Commander Reed Kohberger, USCG (Ret)
July 30, 2020
As his fellow Alumnus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, and on behalf of all of the members of the Lieutenant General Milton H. Medenhbach Foundation, I offer deepest condolences. May God rest his soul and comfort all who loved him.
Major General (Retired) Walt Lord
July 30, 2020
May we offer our deepest sympathies to Katheryn and family. Richard was the kindest of men.
Julie Knutson
July 30, 2020
My condolences to the Mellon family. I remember being a student and all that he did for the community and for conservation as well that inspired me as a child. One of the men who truly gave back and inspired so many of us in the Laurel Highlands to live by kindness and compassion.
William Semo
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