Richard Lee Wallingford, Jr.
Apr 13, 1949 - Feb 20, 2017
- Richard (Dick) Wallingford Jr., 67, of Rockwood, Maine, passed away peacefully on February 20th surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elaine Bolduc Wallingford and his three children, Richard "Chip" Wallingford III, Denise Wallingford Murphy, and Tiffany Wallingford Glavan, as well as his daughter in law, Heather Wallingford and sons in law, Jim Murphy and Matthew Glavan. He had six beautiful grandchildren: Izabella, Kaylyn, CJ, Madelyn, Olivia, and Bradley. He is also survived by his mother, Winnie Wallingford, his brother, Jay Wallingford, his two sisters, Linda West and Diane Wallingford, and many nieces and nephews. Dick is predeceased by his father, Richard Wallingford Sr.
Richard was raised in West Forks, Maine. He graduated from Valley High School and the University of Maine before attending the New England College of Optometry to earn his doctorate degree. He established an optometric practice in Lincoln and later opened a practice in Greenville, where he ran a set of eight sporting camps, Cabins, on Moosehead Lake. Dick loved the outdoors and was an avid boater, snowmobiler, hunter and fisherman. He was a registered Maine Whitewater guide on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers and a member of the volunteer ski patrol at Squaw Mountain. He was a devoted father and loving husband and was appreciated by many for his optimism and quick sense of humor.
Richard was also a caring and committed optometric professional. In addition to running his own primary care practice he was an active voice for the profession through his work with the Maine Optometric Association and later the World Council of Optometry and American Optometric Association, where he was elected President in 2005. He concluded his career as Senior Director of Professional Affairs at Johnson and Johnson. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary degree at the New England College of Optometry in recognition of his numerous achievements for the eyecare profession and community. He lived life to the fullest and touched many people's lives along the way. He will be deeply missed.
In his memory, donations may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation, .