RICHARD M. PRICE, COLONEL USAF (Ret.)

25 March 1933 -- 2 October 2011


Colonel Richard M. Price


Richard Mayer Price, aged 78, of Kaneohe, Hawaii died on October 2, 2011 at the Veteran’s Community Living Center in Martinez, California after a struggle against brain cancer.

Richard was born on March 25, 1933 to Sam and Estelle Price in New Orleans, the oldest of five children including Sam Jr., Patricia, Lionel and Rebecca. He started college at Tulane University, but enlisted in the Navy at age 17, after attending Jefferson Military College in Natchez MS from 1943 through high school graduation, and served a combat tour in the Korean War. He joined the USAF’s Air Cadet program, graduated at the top of his class and traveled with assignments in the Military Airlift Command, the Philippines, Thailand, Germany and Spain. After 30 years of military service, he retired as a full Colonel in the USAF, with a BA in economics and an MA in communication. His first wife, Anne Ashford, with whom he had three daughters, Kathryn, Diane and Sandra, preceded Richard in death.

In 1984, he married Barbara Breidenbach Saunders and became a wonderful stepfather to Evan and Jennie Saunders. Together Richard and Barbara started a business in international defense consulting, (Applied Science and Analysis, ASA) with the intent to combine his love of travel with opening and maintaining communications in defense. Richard made his mark both nationally and internationally as a professional devoted to improving international communications in chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defense and counter terrorism. His hard work is memorialized in the Chemical Biological Medical Treatment Symposium (CBMTS) and the ASA Newsletter, which he worked so assiduously with Barbara to create and support. He will always be remembered as a man full of life and a loving husband, father and grandfather, who doted on his dogs. He is survived by his wife, five children, and ten grandchildren. As he would say, “OK, Gang. It’s time!” He will be missed by all.

Donations in Richard M. Price’s memory can be made to the International Institute for NonProliferation Studies, +1-703-319-2031, and www.CBMTS.org , PO Box 3027, Oakton VA 22124 or The Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc., 1100 Peninsula Blvd, Hewlett, NY 11557, www.virtualtrials.com/price, +1-516-295-4740. An award decided by a small board of specialists will be made in his name at the CBMTS IX meeting in May 2012 for innovations in nonproliferation communication.

 

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