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SANTA MONICA, CALIF. - David K. Richards died peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 19, 2015, at home in Santa Monica, CA, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) Since 1979 he lived part of each year with his family at Ames Farm on Indian Point Road in Stonington.

David was born in Portland, ME, in 1939, the son of Robert Ladd Richards, MD, and Janice Kimball Richards. He grew up in Chester, VT, and attended Harvard College ('61), where he rowed three undefeated years on the Varsity Lightweight Crew team, which he captained his senior year. He received Masters Degrees from Wadham College, Oxford ('63) and Harvard Business School ('65). He was an investment manager who was dedicated to advancing thinking about economic theory and to developing solutions to current economic and foreign policy problems.

David had a deep respect for the people and communities of the Maine Coast, the fisheries, the arts and the natural beauty. He enjoyed the solace, the walks, the shared lobster-roll lunches with friends, and the entire Deer Isle/Stonington community. He loved to get out on the water in the calm, early morning hours to row in his ocean shell around the islands.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his two sons, Adam and Peter; two grandchildren, Theo and Ian; and his brother, Robert.
Published on  March 31, 2015
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