Obituary: Richard D. Colvin (Dick)
Richard D. Colvin (Dick) was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in the Bronx, New York, to Allen D. and Gladys Colvin. He passed away May 6, 2019, in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
He graduated from Evander Childs High School in 1948. He received a BS degree in Business Administration at Rutgers University, and also studied two years toward a Master’s Degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dick served in the U.S. Navy from June 1, 1951, through May 1957 and was discharged as an Aviation Guidedmissleman 1st class.
Dick married Florence P. Barker on June 28, 1960, who pre-deceased him on Nov. 3, 2007. His brother, Donald, also predeceased him in 2017. Dick married Marycatherine Young on Oct. 19, 2008. Following his discharge from the Navy, Dick worked for a number of companies, but the height of his career was when he worked at General Electric Management Development Institute in Crotonville, New York, from 1972-1984, where he created and managed the GE Foreman/Supervisor Program. This program involved developing and conducting workshops for foremen and first-line supervisors at the Institute and around the country and in many other countries where GE had facilities.
In addition to these workshops, he also conducted workshops for first-line managers and trained trainers for FSP and for the Kempner Trego Problem Solving and Decision Making Course. From 1984-1988, Dick had his own business, “The Learning Experience,” where he subcontracted with several organizations to provide management training course leadership and materials, most notably “The Course Leader’s Cookbook,” which outlined how trainers could create learning experiences as opposed to just teaching. From 1988-1990, he was with the Management Training Dept. at The Traveler’s Insurance Co. in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dick retired in Sept. 1990 and moved to Prescott, Arizona. Dick’s memberships included Mensa, the Masons, where he was a past Master of Yorktown Lodge #1154, Yorktown Heights, New York; the York Rite (Royal Arch, Council & Knights Templar); the Scottish Rite; and the Royal Order of Scotland. Also he joined the Prescott Elks Lodge #330 in 1991 where he became Exalted Ruler in 1997-98. He also produced the monthly bulletin, “The Elks Tales,” for many years.
Dick is survived by his wife, Marycatherine Colvin; his son-in-law, Thomas Mandell; grandson-in-law, Thomas Mandell, Jr.; and three nephews. The Memorial service will be Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m., at the Elks #330, 6245 E. 2nd St., Prescott Valley, Arizona, 86314. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home.
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