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03/01/16 04:07 PM #1    

Jim Love

Rest in Peace!

03/08/16 10:59 AM #2    

Brian C. Kates (Kates)

     Rich and I, close friends at PMC, reconnected in the ‘80s after having lost contact with each other. By then, multiple sclerosis had left him paralyzed from the head down. He was confined to a wheelchair and required breathing apparatus.  Yet he remained upbeat and active. Our greeting always went something like this:

              Me: “So, Rich, how’s it goin’

              Rich (Sucking a gulp of air through his breathing tube): “Well, Brian, it could be worse.”

              And then he’d chuckle.

    As he became more physically debilitated, he became more intellectually active.  He had become an artist, using mostly film and working in the darkroom with assistants. They manipulated light and chemicals, following his detailed instructions and formulas, to produce hauntingly beautiful abstract images. He wanted to be recognized not as a handicapped artist but as an artist. And he was.

     Rich was a good friend and a classy guy whose  courage and indomitable spirit were a constant inspiration. I miss him.

03/08/16 06:14 PM #3    

Samuel (Bill) Lewis

Ref Brian Kates comments. Well said Brian thanks for sharing. May he be with our Lord in peace and without any suffering.

03/09/16 03:46 PM #4    

David M. Fiedler

Saw Rich at Fort Dix in 1969 and again when he worked for the post engineer at Fort Monmouth in '73 & 74. Went target shooting with him onceor twice. Called his office one day to make a lunch date and they said he had resigned because of his condition. They gave me some details. Tried to contact him but never could. Next thing I knew he was gone.

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