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Nov.19, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 5


Richard Edgar Funkhouser ’39

Published in the Nov.19, 2008, issue

Our distinguished classmate Dick Funkhouser died May 15, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

Following Pearl Harbor, Dick volunteered for the Army Air Corps and became a pilot in the China-Burma-India theater. He flew 302 missions in combat areas and dropped men and supplies behind Japanese lines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Chinese Air Medal. Dick also served as an adviser in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972 and was awarded the Republic of Vietnam’s National Defense Medal.

Having worked as a geologist for Shell Oil domestically and Standard Oil of New Jersey overseas, he entered the diplomatic service as petroleum adviser in Paris and Cairo. He also worked as a desk officer for Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and later on assignments in Bucharest, Damascus, and Moscow.

After retiring from the State Department in 1975, he became international affairs adviser to Texas Eastern Corp. and lived in Scotland, where he pursued his lifelong love of golf. Returning to Washington in 1980, he was appointed director of international affairs at the EPA and later consultant to the Department of Education. His last position was as director of the Young Astronaut Council.

Dick’s survivors include his son, Bruce Bedford Funkhouser ’70; his daughter, Blaine Laskowski; and two grandchildren. We send deepest sympathy to all.

The Class of 1939

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