Richard Radcliffe
1924 - 2020
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Greenwich, CT
Richard Warner Radcliffe
Richard Warner Radcliffe died on January 17, 2020 at the age of 95.
Dick was a beloved and greatly respected member of our community. His efforts on behalf of education and culture in Greenwich are to be honored and remembered. He leaves behind his wife, Mary, his four sons, and six grandchildren.
He was born July 29th, 1924 in Washington, DC to parents Harry and Helen Radcliffe, with a twin sister Suzanne. They had a happy family life and managed well through the difficulties of the Great Depression. Dick was an outstanding student in high school where he excelled in all subjects, especially mathematics. Enrolled in the ROTC, Dick was accepted to Yale University where he was almost simultaneously deployed to military service at the outbreak of WWII. His class at Yale was to be known as "1945W". He served, at the age of 19, as an artillery officer in the 81st Field Artillery Battalion, and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and in other sectors of Germany and France. At the end of the war, he returned to complete his degree at Yale, and went on to receive a three-year fellowship at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Dick had a fascinating and successful career on Wall Street. Originally hired by White Weld, he later worked for A.W. Jones as his first Fund Manager. He is widely credited in several books as being one of the pioneers in the field of investment management. During his years in New York, Dick met a beautiful and talented Hungarian graduate student, Mary deCsepel, who was to become his lifelong companion when they married in 1956. After a few years they were able to secure a home in Riverside, where he commuted to work while helping Mary raise four young boys. He was eventually able to open an office in Greenwich, where he and his first partner Barton Biggs, established Fairfield Partners.
Throughout the years, Dick was an avid sailor, outdoorsman and lover of classical music. As a father, he instilled a strong work ethic on his sons, and encouraged them to participate in their respected fields of interest, whether it was competitive sailing, visual arts, music, backpacking or travel. Dick's commitment to the arts was absolute: he joined Mary in her administration of The Greenwich Symphony in the capacity of Treasurer. Later, he and Mary were instrumental in the creation of the Perrot Memorial Library Children's Wing, which bears their name. He was active in the Yale Alumni community, and contributed generously to their music program. Over the years, Dick and Mary amassed a tremendous number of friends and colleagues. Quite a few were from the years the family has been members of the Riverside Yacht Club, were Dick sailed competitively for many years, and later served on the "committee boat" while his boys participated in all the great summer activities there.
Dick had a passion for travel, and along with Mary would research and educate themselves before eventually visiting every continent on the planet. They also simply loved to sail their boat "Duet" on overnights and extended cruises up the New England coast with family and friends. With his happy, outgoing demeanor, extreme generosity, and a wonderful, witty sense of humor Dick was beloved by his family and many friends who were graced by the presence of this fine gentleman.
He will be missed, and his spirit lives on with all those who knew him….
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Perrot Memorial Library or the Greenwich, Symphony Orchestra.
A celebration of Dick's Life is planned for a later date.

Published by Greenwich Time on Jan. 20, 2020.
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Dear Mary,
We have just heard of Dicks passing away. We are both so sorry and wish to send you our sincere sympathy and condolences.
Dick and you were together for a long long time and through our friendship with both of you we were lucky to have shared some of those years. Dick was a great husband, father and friend and we will all miss him even if that cannot compare to the void it leaves in your life.
We know a good part of your solace will be music and your continued work with the Greenwich Symphony, as well as staying in touch with your many supporting friends which of course includes the two of us. Dicks passing leaves a gap in our lives too.
With love and friendship
Brita and Tibor Darany
Tibor Darany
February 17, 2020

Dear Mary and family

We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. You and he were a great couple for so many years, and it will be a hard to continue without him. We know you are a strong woman who will find solace in music and the work of the Greenwich Symphony.
We send our condolences.

Rolf and Christine Sellge
Christine Sellge
January 26, 2020
A wonderful man to remember and amazing what both Richard and Mary have done for our community. May his memory always be a blessing.

Esta & Jay Feinsod
January 26, 2020
Dear Mary and Family.
My heartfelt condolences, I heard that Dick
passed away. He was a great friend, a highly valued member of our group of friends and will be greatly missed.
With deep sympathy and warmest regards.
Laszlo Bollyky
January 23, 2020
Dear Mary and family - please accept my condolences. Dick was always cheerful, generous, and welcoming. I will miss him. Mary, I am thinking of you and sending you positive energy and love in this difficult time. Zsuzsi Dömötör
January 22, 2020
Mr. Radcliffe was a fixture in Boy Scout Troop 2 with one of his boys. He was always very positive and uplifting. Go rest high on the mountain dear friend. you have earned it. My deepest condolences to the family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
January 22, 2020
My family, and my sister Susan's, join me in expressing our sympathy on the loss of Dick. Our parents, Harriet and Jim Aberle, thought of Mary and Dick as valued and close friends and greatly enjoyed their company. Dick was a gentleman and wonderful man who will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers,
Jane & Tim Breen / Susan & Ed Manganiello
Jane Breen
January 21, 2020
Dear Mary, My deepest condolences to you and the family. Richard was admired and respected by all who knew him, and his service to this town is inestimable.
John Santoro
January 21, 2020
My condolences to the Radcliffe family. Mr. Radcliffe was also active in the Boy Scouts with his sons, at Troop 2, at St. Paul's in Riverside. He, along with other fathers (including my own), volunteered their time at regular meetings, camping trips, and other events so that the Scouts could have this valuable experience. Looking back, this was one of the best experiences I had growing up and fathers like Mr. Radcliffe made this possible. Much appreciated.
Ken O'Brien
January 21, 2020
Richard was the a most wonderful friend, always ready to help. We are happy and proud to have been his and Mary's friends for many years.
We will click our glasses as we always did with him on happy afternoons at his house.
As we parted he was always embracing Enik : You are a good girl .
Yes, he was a good man! With everlasting love, László and Enik
Laszlo Papp
January 20, 2020
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