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Richard Fowler Brinckerhoff ’41

Published in Apr. 21, 1993, issue

DICK DIED in Charlottesville, Va., Dec. 29, 1992, following several strokes. He and his wife, Betty, had retired there after his 37 years of teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he had been a distinguished chairman of the science department. At home in Kensington, N.H., he worshiped at the Congregational Church, chaired the planning board, and was a trustee of the library.

Dick prepped at Hotchkiss, majored in physics, and earned a master's at Columbia. He authored several widely used science textbooks (one was a Burmese edition) and countless journal articles and delivered many lectures nationally on science, education, and societal issues.

An archaeology buff, Dick pursued projects in Europe, North Africa, and at Stonehenge. One such adventure included a Land Rover trek across remote reaches of the Sahara. Exeter headmaster Stephen G. Kurtz wrote, in tribute to Dick's accomplishments and zeal, "We shall not be surprised if, while preaching reform, he manages to do it near Salisbury Plain." And his daughter, Jan, wrote, "He dedicated his life to exploring the scientific world and to sharing it enthusiastically with others."

We extend deep sympathy to Betty, their daughters Janet Chase and Ann Mingledorff, son Joris, his sister Annette Cottrell, and three grandchildren.

The Class of 1941

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