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Richard M. Segel

Richard SegelBORN: November 11, 1940
DIED: October 10, 2019

Richard Segel was born in New York City to Herman and Marjorie (Zipser) Segel. He prepared for Yale at Scarsdale (NY) High School.

Richard was a member of Pierson, on its touch football team, and on the News Board, 1959-62, where he served as photographic chairman. He was a member of Dwight Hall and volunteered at Dixwell Community House (1960). He married Bette Ann Butler on June 10, 1961. She became a University of Massachusetts graduate.

Richard majored in Mechanical Engineering and was on Dean’s list. He pursued his engineering studies and obtained his master’s in engineering at Yale in 1965 and subsequently earned his MBA at University of Chicago in 1975.

His professional career included work as an engineer in several manufacturing firms. He began with Sikorsky Aircraft in the 1960s. He served as CEO of Pamanco Technologies and Dunmore Corporation, and in various positions with Rockwell International, Ferag, Inc. and president and founder of the Corporate Interview Network in Philadelphia.

His love for aviation and all things powered by combustion engines began when he was a young boy. His gentle spirit, strong intellect and wonderful sense of humor were welcome characteristics to so many loved ones. Richard could make friends anywhere. He loved his wife Bette dearly and was at her side with heart and love for 59 years of marriage.

He died at his home in Louisville, Colorado. Richard was predeceased by his son Richard (Yale ’84), who passed away in 1988. He is survived by Bette, two children Eleanor and David (Yale Class of 1986), his brother Peter and five grandchildren.

Richard was a practicing Quaker and a member of Boulder Friends Meeting where his Memorial Service was held. He was buried at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado.

Robert G. Oliver