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Mr. Richard Britton (Deceased)
Graduated 1962

16617 Cashell Rd.
Rockville, MD 20853-1204


Home Phone: 301-774-3563
Work Phone: --
Fax: 301-774-3563
Email: maryann.britton@verizon.net

Richard submitted information for the 2001 Shipley Reunion and it is now being used as his Living Memorial to the Shipley Tribute. His obituary is included below his Living Memorial.

Basketball Team Member, 1958-1962.

Married Mary Ann. We have four adult children.

Coach Shipley visited West Frankfort, Illinois and I believe he was impressed with what he saw in tournament play. He recruited Vlado Zavich and me.

My fond memories of my four years at USL and “Cajun Country” are simply put:

Thanks for showing me how to cook great Cajun style meals.

Thanks for the opportunity to play basketball and graduate from a truly fine university.

Lastly, the long, long Shipley practices and Coach screaming encouragement of “You’re not tired are you?” is just a memory now.

Graduated with a BS-Electrical Engineering in l962 and attended graduate school at Catholic University. I went to work for the Department of Defense in Washington, D. C. in 1962. I retired August, 2000 as Chief Scientist after 38 years of service designing missiles, radars, and ships.

“You have to believe in yourself and what you want to be and what you want to accomplish – never mind the pain just keep going.” Since I didn’t play for Vince Lombardi, your equal, you must have said this at one of your SHORT practices. Thanks Coach Shipley for giving me this road map for success.

How many basketball players can you squeeze into a Ford station wagon and travel 500 miles and win two tournaments? Only Coach Shipley knows the answer.

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Obituary: 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.

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