Richard (Dick) William Richter, 88, died on June 29, 2018 in Issaquah, WA. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 67 years, two sons, Dave (Jenni) and Rob, as well as granddaughter India and grandson Kai, and eight nieces and nephews.
Born, raised, and educated in New York City, Dick became an award-winning journalist, working for newspapers and television in New York and Washington, DC. After retiring from ABC News and WETA, he was appointed President of Radio Free Asia. Supported by Congress, its mission was to broadcast to those nations in Asia that had no freedom of the press. At Radio Free Asia, he assembled a team of journalists and technicians that created programming broadcast in nine different languages.
Earlier in his career, shortly after JFK launched the Peace Corps, Dick served as an evaluator of Peace Corps programs, traveling to nine different countries, including Afghanistan. Subsequently, he became Deputy Director of the program in Kenya, where he lived for two years with his wife and two young sons, traveling throughout East Africa. This experience opened the world for the Richter family and launched a lifetime of traveling to distant lands.
Nine years ago, Dick and Joan moved from Washington, DC to Timber Ridge, a continuing care community in Issaquah, where they made new friends and became involved in the community. Dick served as President of the Resident Council. Baseball had always been his favorite sport and he soon became a Mariners fan. To honor Dick's efforts to deliver in-depth news you may donate to the PBS Newshour. Contact Jen Brake at [email protected]
or by mail at PBS Newshour, 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206.
Published by The Seattle Times on Jul. 1, 2018.