Richard was born May 21, 1951, in Newport News, Va. He graduated cum laude from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. At Princeton he majored in architecture and graduated with honors. Richard earned a master of architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976.
In 1978, Richard married Amelia Elizabeth “Betty” Harper. They made their home in Washington, D.C., for 11 years, where Richard worked for the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Program of the National Park Service.
Richard and his family relocated to Sumter, S.C., where he continued his documentary work, illustrated technical books and journals, and taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He offered his talents to several local organizations, including the Sumter County Historical Commission and the Society of the Cincinnati of South Carolina. Richard was very dedicated to his Christian faith.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; and daughter Amelia “Aimee” Heron Anderson; both of Sumter.