Dick was a wonderful, caring, mysterious sculptor. I loved his work,
his partner, Mary and their dog Tito.
He was a great man! He did so much with taking art students on the tour of Kansas to all the interesting spots like the giant stone buffalo and the Garden of Eden. He will be missed.
I met Richard when I started in the grad program at KU in 1966. I was in the Illustration program and had an immediate warm reaction that was spot on. What fun and educational treat it was. A splendid sense of humor and always good afterthoughts to meet up again over coffee in his studio or the Student Union.. I loved his work and always felt a kinship to sculpture because of his keen mind.
I studied sculpture at KU from 1984 to 1988. Richard was an important influence on the direction my life and work took. We ate lunch together with a rotating cast of other students two to three times a week. He picked up the tab for this undergraduate more times than I can count. It is one of the great pleasures of my life to have known and studied with him. I am sure I am not alone in this sentiment. Richard lives on in the many students he influenced. All my best to Richard’s friends and family.
May God Rest Richard’s soul in Haven Amen
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