Lloyd Charles Richardson died on May 29, after a brief stay at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center. He was 77.
Born in Baltimore, Md., on June 2, 1933 to Wilbert and Ernestine Franklin Richardson, he was one of five children, including a twin, Lewis. He attended public schools in Baltimore and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State College and a Master of Education from New York University. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He chose the vocation of educator, with an employment history progressing from elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y., to college instructor at Sojourner-Douglass College and Coppin State College.
Possessed of a serious demeanor and keen intellect, he had a passion for cerebral pursuits such as chess and reading, and he especially found pleasure and insight from poetry. One of his enthusiasms was long distance running, including the Harrisburg National Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, and the Richmond Newspapers Marathon. Although he tended toward solitude, he was capable of warmth and a generosity of spirit. From those who got to know him he elicited much admiration and affection for his urbane civility and engaging manner
He is survived by a sister, Joy Carter; a brother, Lewis Richardson; a sister-in-law, Luella Richardson; two nieces, a nephew, two grand nieces, and a number of cousins and friends. Preceding him in death were brothers, Theodore and Wilbert and a nephew, Glenn Richardson.
At his request, his body was donated to the Maryland State Anatomy Board for medical research. A memorial service will be held at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery at a later date.