Originally from the Bronx, NY, Richard got his B.A. degree from Syracuse University, magna cum laude; he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to obtain a D.D.S. from the NYU College of Dentistry, then served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He returned to complete his post-graduate education at the NYU College of Dentistry, where he completed a four-year course in Orthodontics.
Richard had a private orthodontic practice on Fifth Avenue in New York City and in Ossining (Westchester County), New York. He retired from orthodontics in 1990, and moved to Leisure World with his wife, Joan (who is a C.S.W.), in October, 2004.
Richard’s life as a music and opera aficionado began when he was fifteen years old. He was a disc jockey for classical music programs while he was at Syracuse University, and – in the summer of 1948 – he was a student at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. He also spent a season as a supernumerary in both Carmen and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, in New York City. Since his arrival at Leisure World, Richard has presented well-received concerts of recorded music right here at The Overlook from 2006 to the present, as well as at the Ring House in Rockville from 2007 to the present.