Richard Meyers died at home in Sonoma California on January 26, 2021 at the age of 97. Born in Brockton, MA in 1923, he held residences in WoodsHole, MA, Baltimore, MD, Alexandria, VA, and moved to Northern California with his wife, Phyllis, in 2009 to be near Family.
In 1952 he wed his hometown sweetheart Phyllis Lila Paull and they celebrated their 68th anniversary last June 2020. He is survived by wife, Phyllis, and daughters Suzanne Louise (Cornell) and Lauren Ruth (Meg). He is predeceased by son William Harris.
Richard was a graduate of Harvard College, 1945, and holds advanced degrees from Boston University, 1965, and Loyola College of Baltimore, 1985. He served in the 312th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force during World War II. A proud veteran that completed 4 battle campaigns, 54 combat missions for which he received a Distinguished Unit Citation and Air Medal.
Richard loved working and his career spanned several distinct chapters. Management Consultant for Harbridge House of Cambridge MA, ’50-’79, Systems Engineer for Westinghouse, ’80-’95, where he provided Analytic support to aerospace projects at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and as a Software Engineer at Stanley Associates of Alexandria VA until he retired at age 86. In retirement an occasional poet who translated poems of the Latin poet Catullus as blogs and tweets and later rearranged these products into a 5 act play for theatrical performance.
Richard was brilliant and hardworking and often enjoyed recognition for his successes, but his crowning achievement in later life was in the tender, daily care he provided to Phyllis over this last decade.
Richard’s wishes have been to be cremated and buried with his son William Harris in WoodsHole, MA. A small memorial will take place graveside next summer. As a monthly supporter to Congregation Shir Shalom in Sonoma (http://www.shir-shalom.org), CA and Compassion Without Borders in Santa Rosa (https://cwob.org), CA Richard requests donations be made to either on his behalf.
Richard will be remembered by many for having the loudest laugh in the room.
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