Edward (“Ed”) Richards was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where his parents were on the faculty of the University of Alabama. His father was head of the Department of Geology and his mother was a professor of French and Spanish. Ed went to Vanderbilt University on a ROTC scholarship followed by 4 years of service in the United States Navy. After his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Alabama. Deciding law was not for him, he switched to Political Science to pursue a PhD. He also applied to become a US Foreign Service Officer and was appointed in 1961 by US Secretary of State, Dean Rusk. Ed served in Cairo, Port Said, Aden, Bogota and Djakarta as a political officer. For his remaining five years in the diplomatic service he served as Desk Officer for Cambodia. After leaving the Department of State, Ed worked for the Environmental Protection Agency until his retirement. He was a loving husband of the late Ann Lea Richards; beloved father to Blair Kennard and her husband, Ross, Jocelyn Altmeyer and her husband, Jimmy, and Sydney Richards; devoted grandfather to Rowan Drake, Harper Drake, Simon Altmeyer, Eli Altmeyer, Justine Altmeyer, and Aidan Kennard. A private family visitation will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 at Harry Witzke Funeral Home, Ellicott City, MD. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD 21042 Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in Memory of Edward Richards at Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – In Memory of Edward Richards
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,
May your memories of Edward Franklin Richards, Jr., give you peace, comfort and strength…
Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..
US Navy Veteran, Edward Franklin Richards, Jr., “A True American Hero” God Bless†
† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †