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June 12, 2013

Barbara Mook Richards

Barbara Mook Richards

OLD MYSTIC, Conn. — Barbara Mook Richards, 68, died June 8, 2013, at home with her family, in the arms of her husband.

She is survived by her husband, Rob Richards of Old Mystic, Conn.; and six children, Jennifer Morris of Groton, Conn., Colin Morris of East Haddam, Conn., Sarah Morris of Groton, Conn., Will Morris and his wife, Duong of Danbury, Conn., Dan Richards and his wife, Kristin of Devon, Pa., and Tom Richards and his wife, Misty of Macon, Ga. In addition she leaves 10 grandchildren.

Bobbie was born in Cooperstown on Dec. 17, 1944, to William and Barbara Mook. She was the oldest of six children, and graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1962. She attended Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1966. She earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Deeply committed to education, Bobbie held a variety of teaching and development positions throughout her career. She taught government at Cedar Crest College and Connecticut College, she was the Assistant Director of Development at Radcliffe College, Assistant Dean of Women at the University of Pennsylvania, became director of the Groton campus of the Hartford Graduate Center and in the late 1990s was a development officer for the UCONN Foundation.

For the five years before her retirement she was president of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation and sponsored the Coast Guard cutter Sailfish in Sandy Hook, N.J. A ship’s sponsor is a woman invited to bestow good luck and divine protection over the craft and all those who sail onboard.

In keeping with her boundless energy, generous spirit and belief in the importance of service, Bobbie was also an active volunteer for many worthy causes. She was a member and chairwoman of the Stonington Planning Board, served as executive director of the Noank Baptist Group Homes Inc., was a member of the executive committee of the group Homes of Connecticut, and served on the Boards for the Groton/Stonington Youth Services Bureau, the Child and Family Services of Southeastern Connecticut and the Mystic & Noank Library.

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