In memoriam – Richard “Dick” Wright

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Late last week, Montgomery Village lost one of its long-time supporters and community advocates, Richard “Dick” Wright. Dick and his wife Teresa were early residents of Montgomery Village, but didn’t just settle on making their home here, they helped make Montgomery Village home for generations of families, including three generations of their own family.

After a job offer from the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) brought the couple to the area in the early 1970s, they fell in love with the amenities Montgomery Village offered for their family, bought a house and spent almost 50 years helping shape the community.

During that time, Dick served on the Patton Ridge and Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) boards of directors—as both director and in several stints as president on each board, serving on the latter for 27 consecutive years—as well as chairing or co-chairing many MVF committees. He used his calm leadership style, keen understanding of Village, county and state affairs, combined with his quick wit and gentle nature, to lead the community. Dick was an advocate for diversity and equal representation for all in the Village; he lived with a conscious commitment to making the Village a better place.

But his service to the community was not just in contributions to Village boards and committees. As a family, Dick and Teresa welcomed new to the area Latino families into their home to acquaint them with the schools, community, amenities and services available to them. Dick was also an advocate for youth, heading up the SHARP program effort in the Village in the early-2000s and participating in and chairing many important continuing education opportunities on climate change and sustainability across the country and around the world through the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dick also enjoyed the beauty of the entire community and could often be seen riding his bike throughout the Village. He had particular routes, but liked to survey the surroundings, get exercise and give a friendly wave to fellow residents during his almost daily rides. No matter what he found on his ride or in life, Dick approached it with deep intelligence, passion and an infectious smile.

You can learn more of Dick’s history and connection to the Village in his “What’s Your Story?” video online at www.montgomeryvillage.com. You will be missed, Dick, but not soon forgotten. Thank you for all you’ve done to make the Village a better place to live. May we all strive to meet your level of volunteerism and enthusiasm for the community.