October 9, 1938 - April 11, 2018
RICHARDS, DR. GEORGE ARTHUR passed away on Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the age of 79. He was born October 9, 1938 in Payette, ID. to Frederick F. Richards and Dorothy Taylor Richards.
George grew up in Payette, ID. and moved to Dallas, TX. in 1952, getting here as fast as he could. Soon he was learning to hit golf balls with Lee Trevino in a pasture off Hillcrest and Park Lane. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas, TX in 1956.
George attended Southern Methodist University. In his typical energetic fashion, he ran SMU’s mascot, Peruna, for 3 years on numerous football fields. He also marched on scholarship with a sousaphone in the Mustang Band. One summer evening, George met the love of his life, Alys Janice Price an ADPi and the two began a 57 year adventure.
He graduated with a B.S. in 1959, in just 3 years thanks to Dr. Harold Jesky’s tutelage. He then entered Baylor University College of Dentistry to follow his life-long dream of becoming a dentist. He was a member of the Xi Psi Phi fraternity and graduated in 1963 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Upon graduation, he joined the United States Army Dental Corp. as Captain at Fort Benning, GA and promptly became known for his golfing prowess by winning the Handicap Championship in 1965. George was always known to be on top of his game by achieving two holes in one during his many rounds.
Following his military service, he entered private practice in Richardson and Dallas and often served on the faculty of Baylor University College of Dentistry during his 46 years of dental practice. He served in many offices of the Dallas County Dental Society including President (1983-1984), the Texas Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He continued to be an avid golfer, fell in love with snow skiing and held an IFR Multi-Engine pilots rating. Continuing his love for education George acquired a Ranch management degree from TCU in 1990.
Among his many community posts were the Richardson Symphony Orchestra – President (1977-1978) and the Richardson Kiwanis Club. He was a 50 year member of both the Richardson Masonic Lodge #1214 and Hella Shrine Temple as well as a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Consistory.
Other professional organizations included:
Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Pierre Fauchard Society, Southwest Prosthodontic Society, Greater Dallas Dental Research Group, Baylor Alumni Association, Flying Dentists Association, Fellow of the American & International College of Dentists.
Since 1971, he has been a member and Past President of the Apostles Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, TX.
He always supported and leaves behind his daughter Lyn Hughes (husband Ron) of Lucas, TX.; his son George Richards, II (wife Susie) of League City, TX. and four grandchildren Meredith Hughes and Faye, Lauren & Banks Richards.
He is survived by his wife Alys Richards and siblings, Fred F. Richards, Jr. (wife DeAnne) of Richardson, TX, Kenneth A. Richards (wife Barbara) of Little Elm, TX and Jean Bruce (husband Johnny) of Conroe, TX. Also surviving is his aunt, Margaret Jean (Peg) Williams of Florence, AZ and his beloved dog, Mulligan.
A celebration of George’s life will be held on Friday, April 20th, 2018, at 11 AM. at First United Methodist Church of Richardson, 503 N. Central Expwy, Richardson, Texas, 75080.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FUMC Richardson, Shriner’s Hospital, the SMU Mustang Band Scholarship Endowment fund or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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