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Richard Doud

September 13, 1928 — September 30, 2020

Richard attended the Commercial Art Institute in Chicago IL (1950-1951) then attended the University of Colorado (1961) where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art History). In 1963, Richard received his Master's of Arts (Early American Culture) from the University of Delaware. Academic honors are Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1961 and Winterthur Fellow, 1961-1962

Richard authored a number of publications during his post academic years to include: "The Fitzhugh Portraits by John Hesselius", The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 75 (April 1967); "Scottish Cabinetmakers in Eighteenth-Century American", Scottish Art Review, 12, No. 1 (1969); "John Hesselius, His Life and Work", Winterthur Portfolio 5 (1969); Book review "Virginius Hall, Portraits in the Virginia Historical Society", The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 90 (July 1982).

Richard also edited the following publications as well: Winterthur Portfolio 4, Winterthur, Delaware, 1968 (Charlottesville: The University Pres of Virginia); Winterthur Portfolio 5, Winterthur, Delaware, 1969; Winterthur Portfolio 6 (with Ian M. G. Quimby), Winterthur, Delaware, 1970. Other works included an unpublished manuscript. "An American Portrait: The Photographs of the Farm Security Administration", Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1965-1966.

Richard joined and served in the United States Army from 1946 -1949, Adjutant-Generals Department (MOS 400). Richard had a number of occupations over his professional career to include Armstrong Cork Company, Laboratory Technician, Kankakee, IL (1952-1956); Archives of American Art, Field Researcher, Detroit, MI (1963-1966); Winterthur Museum, Assistant Curator and Editor Winterthur Portfolio, Winterthur, DE (1966-1967); Instructor, Department of Art, Broward Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1970); National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (1970-1988). During his 18 years at the Smithsonian Institution, Richard held two key positions: Field Researcher, Catalog of American Portraits and Keeper of the Catalog, Catalog of American Portraits.

Richard and Wilma moved to Wickenburg AZ in 1988 after his retirement from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. He was involved in multiple community organizations during just over the three decades while residing in Wickenburg. He served on the Board of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum (Including Acting Director of the Museum), Wickenburg Library, the Presbyterian Church, the Wickenburg Gem & Mineral Society and the weekly breakfast club with the gang. Richard had a number of interest and included Lapidary, Numismatics, Art, Photography and Travel. He and Wilma enjoyed many rock hunting trips into the desert along with hosting family and friends to share the experience of Arizona with them. He will be truly missed by all of his friends and family.

Richard is survived by his wife Wilma along with nieces and nephews.

There will not be a service at this time. Memorials may be left for Hospice of the Valley. Hospice of the Valley Fund Development, 1510 E Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014
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