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Men’s Basketball: Richard L. Britton – Men’s Basketball 1958-62 – Dec. 1, 2016

Richard L. Britton  
 
After a valiant battle with cancer, Richard passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016. He was 76.
 
Born and raised in West Frankfort, IL, he excelled at sports and became a local track and basketball star. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on a basketball scholarship.
 
After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, he moved to the Maryland suburbs of DC and began his professional career with the Federal government at Harry Diamond Laboratories. His career included more than 32 years with the Surface Combatant Programs of The United States Navy. His leadership and foresight led to the development of many new technologies which had significant benefit to Surface Combatants and the U.S. Navy overall. He retired as Chief Scientist in 2000.
 
His passions included traveling the world, playing poker, cooking Cajun food, watching old movies (especially John Wayne films) and growing heirloom tomatoes. He was a life member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. His greatest passion was his love of family.
 
Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, MaryAnn; four children, Lisa (Michael) Stevens, Daniel (Vickie) Britton, Paul (Lisa) Britton and Richard Andrew Britton; and six grandchildren, Benjamin, Matthew, Taylor, Delainie, Jared and Michelle. He also leaves behind his sister, Clara Sullivan; niece, Vicki Roland; daughter-in-law, Susan Britton and many beloved friends.
 
Please join the family for his funeral service at St John’s Episcopal Church, 3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney, Maryland on
Tuesday December 20, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 11, 2016

Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
Please click on www.athleticnetwork.net , then type in Britton in the Last Name (white box) in the upper left. Click on his name when the Britton page appears and you can view his profile.
View photos of his teams by clicking on photo gallery (left side of home page), Men’s Basketball, the years 1959-62. 
Richard was a good friend and had nice things to say about his teammates and others. A class act in every sense of the word.
Please click here for the video of the 2001 reunion. https://vimeo.com/channels/shipley  Richard is speaking in Chapter Two during a visit to the Walk of Honor.