Richard was born in San Francisco, CA to parents Ralph and Helen Baker Reynolds. After high school Richard attended Dartmouth College for three years, then served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California Berkeley in 1956, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Richard received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 1965 and completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1968. He spent the next three decades practicing medicine in San Francisco and Daly City, CA. During those years, he was also Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology with UCSF’s resident and medical student teaching programs. He retired in 1996.
During his career Richard lived in San Francisco and Burlingame, CA. In 1993 he moved to Carmel, CA with Marianne and their daughter Christine, and in 2003 he and Marianne relocated to the equally beautiful but less crowded city of Newport on the Oregon coast.
Richard was an expert skier; he ran five marathons and was a formidable tennis player. During retirement he developed passions for genealogy and duplicate bridge, but his most fulfilling work was a volunteer counselor with SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefit Assistance), where he educated low-income seniors about health insurance-related issues and helped them sign up for Medicare supplemental plans. In 2011 he received the Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award for his service.
Richard is survived by his wife, Marianne, of Newport, OR; his six children, Roselyn Caselli Puryear (Russ) of Alameda, CA; Richard Reynolds (Lauri) of Sea Ranch, CA; Karen Johnson, M.D. of Palo Alto, CA; Douglas Reynolds (Jeanette) of South San Franciso, CA; Stephanie Olfert (Tony) of San Francisco, CA; Christine Reynolds of Eugene, OR; as well as ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.
According to Richard’s wishes, a celebration of his life will take place in Carmel, California. Donations in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
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