Richard Lord Humphrey, M.D. died March 26, 2018, born August 13, 1934. Beloved husband of Lauralee Humphrey (nee Thomas), he is survived by children Edward Vance, Matthew Richard and Kristen Elizabeth Humphrey. Devoted grandfather to Julianna Michaela Humphrey Bullis. Proceeded in death by two siblings and survived by several nieces and nephews. A passionate and dedicated Oncologist and Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 56 years, he was also active in numerous non-profit organizations. There will be a private burial and a memorial service will be held later this spring at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, the family will announce Richard's favorite charities.
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I worked with Dr. Humphrey at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 15 years in the Immunology Laboratory. I could sit here and write about how amazing he was in his field, how influential he was, but that is not how I will remember him. He was a humble, loving and caring human being. The number of egos that walk these halls, did not include him. He always PROUDLY, introduced himself to new faculty as Richard Humphrey, a loving grandfather. He didn't need to boast his accomplishments or abilities. I have a very sick son, and EVERY time he was admitted to the hospital, Dr. Humphrey would call me to see how he was doing and see how I was doing. He really cared about the people who worked under him and beside him. That is the man, I will remember and love. My heart breaks for his family and the people who were touched by knowing him. We lost a beautiful human being.
May 7, 2018
Dr. Humphrey hired me in 1989 (JHH Immunology Laboratory ). He was very knowledgeable, caring, calm spirited, very dedicated. I referred to him as my WORK DAD. He helped to mold me into the clinical scientist I am today. I was under his watch in the lab for 29 years. I will miss him dearly, I will never forget our conversations about work and life. For me, Dr. HUMPHREY laid the foundation for and was very instrumental in the growth of the Immunology lab. Rest in peace, work dad...the memories I shared with you will forever be in my heart.
May 4, 2018
I met Dr, Humphrey in 1980 at JHH Oncology. I was a low level researcher but Dr, Humphrey treated me like an equal. He was the most socially responsible physician I have met to date.
April 14, 2018
I first met Dick Humphrey in 1996 when he served on the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Faculty Advisory Board. The Center was brand new and Dick added a humble, clear, ethical voice to any of our deliberations on how to involve the entire University in working toward a sustainable future. The Center had a staff of one - me. Dick generously took time to help to me as I learned the ropes in those early days. I had not known Dick previously, but came to respect him immensely for how he acted on his belief that social and environmental problems were part of medicine too. I will cherish always the opportunity I had to know Dick and to learn from him. My condolences to Lauralee and to Dick's entire family.
Polly Walker, MD
April 13, 2018
I knew Richard as a medical student and postdoctoral fellow in the 1960's and later in the 1990's with the Maryland Pesticide Network. I admired his realization that a physician's duties applied to using the public health regulatory system to relieve a patient's toxic reactions to chemicals.