John Lewis Richards


John Lewis "Jack" Richards, 75, of New London, N.H., was born to John R. and Elaine Martin Richards on Staten Island, New York, in 1943.
In 1964, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Among other posts, he served in Thailand, Vietnam and Germany and culminated his 20-year Army career as the district engineer commanding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, from 1981-84. Jack retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1984 and settled in the Pittsburgh area, where over the next 20 years he applied his construction management expertise to various consulting projects and arbitration cases.
He also started the Construction Management program at the University of Pittsburgh. He was recognized for his long-term excellence by the American Society of Civil Engineering as the Pittsburgh Area Civil Engineer of the Year in 2005.
During his long-term residency in the Pittsburgh area, his love for Black and Gold expanded from rooting for Army to cheering for the Pittsburgh professional teams (Steelers, Penguins and Pirates).
After 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh, he retired and earned a Master of Religion degree from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge. He then taught adult education classes at his church.
In 2017, he and his wife moved to New London, where he passed away Jan. 7, 2019.
In addition to his siblings and their spouses, Lt. Col. Richards is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rosa Lee; children, John (Katie) Richards, James (Cynthia) Richards and Catherine (Timothy) Marcy; as well as six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the New London Hospital, 273 County Road, New London, NH 03257 in recognition of extraordinary kindness.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (1-12-19) at CHADWICK FUNERAL HOME, 235 Main St., 235 Main St., New London, N.H.
Published on January 9, 2019
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