Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1961 & RJC

Dean Richey DAVID DEAN RICHEY, 70, of Cookeville, TN, passed away on June 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by the love of his family. He was born Sept. 24, 1943, in San Diego, CA to the late Dr. Claude H. Richey & Melba Barnes and raised by his late grandparents David & Bethel Morgan. He graduated from Ranger High School in Ranger, TX in 1961 and earned a B.A. from the University of North Texas in 1965. In 1966, he received his M.A. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He received a Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. He had many professional roles at TTU, including Professor, Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Education. He worked tirelessly for the care and well-being of young children with special needs and their families, specifically in his pivotal role in the establishment of Tennessee’s Early Inter- vention System in the Upper Cumberland and additional work with projects involving children & their families. Dr. Richey was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, a compassionate advocate for families and children, and a mentor to countless students and colleagues at Tennessee Technological University. He was a scholar and teacher, a prolific gardener, and an active grand- father to his grandchildren, Noor, Lena, and Kaja. His legendary tomato plants and fruit trees were lovingly planted, tended, and harvested with the same careful expertise he used in all areas of his life. He was known as a “wordsmith” with a brilliant sense of humor as well as a lifelong athlete (in baseball, football and, especially, basketball). He was greatly loved and cherished—and will be greatly missed. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife of 47 years Dr. Linda Hall Richey; daughter and son-in- law, Dr. Amanda Richey and Hicham Mouyane of Kennesaw, GA; sons and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Amy Richey of Redondo Beach, CA, Adam Richey of Cookeville, Deacon Gervan Menezes of Nashville; three sisters, Mary Haynes of Lingleville, TX, Patricia Higgins of Pont Vedra Beach, FL., Laura Richey of Austin, TX; three brothers, Michael Higgins of Gatesville, TX, Claude Richey Jr. of Houston, TX, William Richey of Reston, VA; three grandchildren, Noor Mouyane, Lena Mouyane, Kaja Richey, and special sister-in-law, Patti Martin; many wonderful nieces, nephews, brothers- & sisters-in-law and friends.