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I knew Dick from when I was a teenager in Richardson, I lived just a few blocks from him. My Dad worked with him at Texas Instruments and he helped my Dad with his project of designing a homebuilt.

One of my first memories of Dick was at contests in Littlefield, TX. One of Dick's habits was to make an effort to remember anyone that he met. When he met you, he would put your name in his little notebook and something about you to help him remember you. The next time he saw you, he would call you by name; great trait. Many years ago at a contest I was helping Dick put away his Ventus and noticed that he saved his wing tape to be used again. He was our guest speaker at our Christmas Banquet that year and we gave him a whole box of 3M tape. When I helped him put the Ventus away this year at Marfa he said that he was still using tape out of that box. Certainly soaring has lost one of it's best ambassadors and one of the finest gentlemen you could ever meet. My prayers go out to Alice and his other family members.

Fred Blair
Houston, TX

Posted: 7/25/2008 By: Richard Johnson

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