January 10, 1931 ~ November 30, 2004
Richard Hamilton Houghton, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA passed away November 30, 2004 following a brief but courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Richard was a graduate of Northwestern University and earned an MBA from Western Michigan University. He served his country with honor in the US Marine Corp. Richard had been President of Root Lowell Mfg. Company and was President of Houghton and Associates. His career as a manufacturer's representative spanned 24 years, during which time he earned the respect and friendship of his colleagues. Richard is survived by his adoring wife Gail, his loving children Richard III, Kristen and Paul, his grandchildren Bridget and Ian, and his son in law Thomas. He also leaves behind his sister Nancy, his nephew Rob, nieces Robin and Tracy and especially cherished friends Madhu, Peter and Valerie, Michael and Jennifer, Alex and Hannah. ''Rich'' lived his life to the fullest, and always on his own terms. He met every challenge with strength, passion, determination, grace and wit. He strived for excellence, never compromising his high moral and ethical standards. He will be deeply missed. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Rich's life on Sunday, December 5th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, at 2900 Via La Selva, Palos Verdes Estates. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Rich's name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1440 Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 would be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be made on their web site www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
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