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In , he hunted Kodiak bears in Alaska and spent three weeks on a whaling ship in the Pacific, the subject of another book. A third book told of exploring volcanoes —again in Alaska—in Later he hiked the Appalachian Trail alone for ten days. In September of this year, he was named a Distinguished Eagle Scout in recognition of his longevity and commitment to Scouting.
During the ceremony, Mr. Douglas extolled scouting as a ificant influence on his life. He was the longest serving Eagle Scout in the United States, having earned his Eagle on December 8, —90 years ago. Dick he was known by his middle name received three degrees from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where his father and grandfather also graduated. Admitted to the Bar in , he practiced law in Greensboro until he ed the FBI in as a special agent under J.
He returned to Greensboro to his father in law practice and was a d lawyer his until his death, most recently with the firm of Douglas, Ravenel, Hardy, Crihfield and Hoyle. He practiced with his son for forty years. He was president of the Greensboro Bar Association in Dick specialized in labor relations for many years in cases from Connecticut to Florida. He testified on labor law before the US Senate, argued cases in the Supreme Court on one occasion bantering with Chief Justice Earl Warren on the merits of Tobacco Road basketball versus West Coast basketball and gave seminars on labor laws at several law schools.
In , at the urging of his family, Dick told of his life in his book, "The Best 90 years of My Life". He was active in the Catholic Church in Greensboro and assisted starting four new churches over the years. Dick loved to talk about meeting his family and friends in the hereafter, and he spoke of the pleasure, as well as comfort, from his daily prayers. He said he gave the Lord a lot of free advice on how to run the world.
In , he married Gladys Neal, who died in They had three children. Later he married Ruth Sheehy, who had five children from a marriage. Kohn, and Elizabeth D. Hickman; his step-children, Thomas R. Sheehy, Susan S. Cole, James R. Sheehy, Paul D.
Sheehy and Ann Marie S. Bolen, and by many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at pm Tuesday, December 29, , at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial will be at Forest Lawn cemetery. Online condolences may be made through www. Hey Bob, Ann and I had a chocolate shake in your Dad's memory.
Hope it adds years to our lives as it must have his! Ann and Dale. I first met Mr. Really enjoyed my meeting and corresponding with Mr. Douglas over the years. Camp Fire has his 90 Year book in our Library. I recently found a copy of the Africa Book. Another member also told me he has the Grizzly book and will donate it to our Library. Need to find Mr. Douglas's Thunder Mountain book to complete his collection in our Library.
Really enjoyed meeting Mr. Sorry for your loss. Dear Ann, We have shared stories of our fathers and I am sorry for you and your families' loss. I loved reading about your father and his amazing life in the articles you sent my father.. As you know, I do not know your family personally. However; knowing you makes me know your family. Your strength, hard work, love for others, came from a strong family and as you always show me much determination. My heart is with you and all your family. Dana Koogler. Ann Marie, I read of Mr. Douglas's passing. I always felt welcomed by your mom and Mr.
Douglas in my youthful visits to your home and lake house. I wish God's peace to you and all his family. Sherry Haynes Bryson. Sorry for your loss, I believe once your cross the great divide I know in my heart he is with friends and family.
I did not know Mr. Douglas personally, but was directed to his story by a "share" from a fellow Scouter on Facebook. I read his story and full obituary. Douglas was a fascinating man and accomplished ten times the achievements of most men.
By coincidence, my son also became an Eagle Scout at age 13, on December 20, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Douglas' family and my prayer that Mr. Douglas enjoys his final retirement in Heaven. Lorraine Pollachek, Boca Raton, Florida. Bob, I am extremely sorry to hear about the passing of your father.
He was admired and respected by many, including myself. He will be greatly missed by more than his family. Please accept my condolences. Larry Pearman. Dear Ruth and Family, We just reread your Christmas letter to our children and now we learn the news of Dick's transition. We are sure he is getting any kinks worked out at the Pearly Gates and will continue to counsel those who need his wisdom.
Despite his incredible longevity and accomplishments, it is hard to imagine him no longer in his physical body. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and admired him. We still tell the story of your first date with great amusement. Please feel our arms around you at this time and in the days ahead.
We are so grateful to you for sharing him with us. With deep affection for both of you. Suzanne and Steve, Laura and Melanie Blievernicht. Ruth and Susan, it was good seeing you today, wish it were under different circumstances. My prayers for you and your family are for comfort, peace, and love during this journey.
I have many fond memories of Dick, and how he was always 'tending the lower I first met Dick Douglas Sept. Dick and I went on to become financial advisors to one another. The relationship continued off and on for the next 19 years. I was always learning new tidbits about Dick and his various adventures over the years. I continued learning when I read his obituary. Dick was a fascinating person and will always remember him as one of my favorite people in life.
Carl Curry,CFP. All three of them, Dick Douglas, Dave Martin, and Doug Oliver, were outstanding individuals who went on to have remarkable careers. We last spoke with Dick Douglas earlier this year to congratulate him on the publication of a Natural History article about his memories of that trip.
He still spoke of that long ago safari with excitement as well as with great admiration for the Johnsons. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Ruth, and to his family. I know for a fact that there was no man my father respected, admired and looked to for his sage advice and counsel more than Dick Douglas - his confidant, lawyer and dear, dear friend - such an incredibly astute and gentle man.
So accomplished and so humble, so wise and so kind, and so genuinely respectful of others. On behalf of my father, Dr. Walter G. King, and my family, I send our thoughts and prayers to those he leaves behind knowing that he achieved his final dream of reuniting with those he loved who were waiting for him in heaven. Sincerely, Christy King Mack Mrs. John J. I have been a major fan of Dick Douglas for 44 years.
His stepdaughter was my college roommate so I was there when the "Mame" romance began and at their wedding. He always epitomized a Southern gentleman and one of the smartest people I have ever known. Ruth, I am so sorry as I know how you will miss your Dick "darling" and we will all miss him too! He was truly a good and faithful servant.
In lieu of flowers, enjoy a chocolate milkshake in his memory. Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 29, Memories Robert Dick Douglas Jr. Jeff Gronauer January 1, I first met Mr. December 31, Dear Ann, We have shared stories of our fathers and I am sorry for you and your families' loss. Anthony Zanfardino December 30, Sorry for your loss, I believe once your cross the great divide I know in my heart he is with friends and family.
December 28, I did not know Mr. December 28, Bob, I am extremely sorry to hear about the passing of your father.Greensboro dick just came in
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