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Richard passed away, surrounded by his family, on March 10, 2018 at Fairfax Hospital after an extended battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Patricia and their three children, Kathy Handforth (Bill), Richard (Jenny) and Dan (D'Arcy) and his six grandchildren, Brian, James, David, Delaney, Max and Camryn.
Born in Worcester, MA, he earned a BS in mathematics from Virginia Tech. Richard worked in space systems and the missile program for the Air Force. After retiring he began his second career at NASA in the Earth Science Division. There he became the project manager for several projects/payloads that went to space on different Space Shuttles. Richard was the Project Manager for the SIR-C (Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C).
Richards Memorial Mass will be held on August 17, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA. Then he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2018
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