Richard Hutchinson Willis

  • Born: October 2, 1932
  • Died: June 26, 2021
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Brother, Uncle and Friend

Richard H. Willis, longtime resident of Cambridge, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln at age 88.

Dick was born to the late Richard S. and Velma (Hutchinson) Willis on October 2nd, 1932. Raised in Newton Centre, he attended Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, graduating in 1951. He graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and German in 1955. Dick honorably served in the United States Army as Specialist Third Class until July of 1958. After the Army, he embarked on a long and successful career in finance and private banking in Boston.

Dick lived his long life to the fullest. He had a lively social life and was an avid traveler and athlete, particularly enjoying marathon running, downhill skiing, cycling, and tennis. He was a lifetime member of The Country Club in Brookline. He climbed all of New England's 4000-footers, and took long walks daily along the Charles River. Always, but especially after retirement, Dick gave back. He was a benefactor of many local philanthropic organizations dedicated to the arts, historic preservation, and education.

In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by his brother in law, Brian W. Pendleton. He is survived by his sister Nancy Willis Pendleton of Peterborough, NH; his nieces and nephews Susan Pendleton (Tim Gill) of Maplewood, NJ; Brian W. (Skip) Pendleton (Linda) of Canaan, NH; Sally Pendleton (Carl Werowinski) of Acton, MA; and Richard M. Pendleton (Sage Wheeler) of Peterborough, NH; and several great nieces and nephews, plus his many dear friends.

A private family service will be held in the Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery in July. Dick will be laid to rest beside his parents at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Dick's memory to:

Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

National Braille Press
88 St Stephen St
Boston, MA 02115

Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dick was a beloved Trustee of National Braille Press during the time I worked there. With a twinkle in his eye, he would take a few moments at each Board meeting to speak with staff members about the work they did. It was a personal touch that meant a great deal to us. Just seeing his smiling face on this page reminds me of his kind and graceful nature, which I will never ever forget. God bless you, Dick, rest in peace.

Posted by Diane Croft - Friend   July 05, 2021

I knew Dick for many years both as a long time trustee of National Braille Press (NBP) and also through various publishing related discussions over the years. He was a stalwart supporter of the mission of NBP and I valued his counsel, especially over the ten years I spent as Chair of the Board. He was a quiet but deliberate advisor and a patient listener. At a recent NBP event, we shared a table and he was apologizing for lapses in his memory but still acknowledged and engaged with my son and others that we dined with that evening. Ever the gentleman. I send my condolences to all of his family and friends with the hope that only the best and happiest of memories will prevail. I will miss him.

Posted by Paul McLaughlin - Marblehead, MA - Friend   July 04, 2021

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