The following is an expanded version of a memorial published in the May 11, 2016, issue.
Richard, known to many of us as “Rick,” died Oct. 8, 2015, in Summit, N.J., surrounded by family. He was 65. He was a congenial, easy-going New Jersey native. Norn in Plainfield, he lived in both Westfield and Scotch Plains for more than 30 years with his loving wife, Barbara, and two children, Rick Jr. and Morgan.
Rick will be remembered as an active and engaged member of the Princeton Class of ‘72. At the end of September, he and Barbara joined Dave Kixmiller, Vinnie Lynch, Robby Robinson, and Jono Peters and their spouses for dinner in New York City, an occasion that made his passing so soon after even more poignant.
Rick came to Princeton by way of the Pingry School and Plainfield High School, where he left a legacy through the Richard Lang Outstanding Graduate Award. While attending Plainfield High School, Rick served as president of the student council and was a standout on the 1967 state-champion football team. Through his academic and extra curricular successes, Rick came to Princeton, where he played football and squash while serving as social chairman for Cottage Club. His gratitude for his Princeton years was expressed in part through a perfect record of annual giving participation.
After graduating in 1972, Rick began a notable career in banking as the manager of the Netherwood branch of United National Bank. He moved to Manhattan, where he rose to become a managing director for Smith Barney before retiring. Ricj served on the board of trustees of the Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, N.J., and as vice president of the Log Cabin Gun Club in Warren, N.J.
During his lifetime, Rick stayed active at both the Plainfield Country Club, where he was a third-generation lifetime member, and the Bay Head Yacht Club. His athletic pursuits included golf, tennis, platform tennis, and boating. He also loved vacationing with his family to their home in Townshend, Vt. His true passion was spent following in his father's footsteps by trap shooting on Saturday afternoons with his friends at the Log Cabin Gun Club.
While Rick enjoyed many activities throughout his life, his greatest passion was spending time with his beloved friends and family. His greatest loves were Barbara, his wife of 35 years; and children Ricky and Morgan. He was a man of boundless compassion, kindness, and humor who was nearly always trying to care for and better the lives of his friends and family. Whether through a hand of cards, a round of golf, or engaging in meaningful personal conversations, Rick went out of his way to make everyone feel special. His caring presence will be dearly missed, but will always continue to be felt by all.
Rick is survived by Barbara; his children Ricky and Morgan; his son-in-law, Ian Patrick Hutter; his mother, Lois Lippincott Lang; his sister, Suzanne Lippincott Lang; his two sisters-in-law, Sandra Betner and husband Marc Chaikin and Harriet "Cookie" Benckert and husband Joseph Benckert; and his two nephews, Rusty and Warren Belsinger.
The class extends its condolences to the family.