Richard P. Wilson
Last updated 4/4/2023 at 2:48pm
Richard Paterson Wilson died July 8, at his home, surrounded by family.
His family noted that he left this world quietly and nobly, and that he left this world a better place for having spent time here.
Dick Wilson was known as a great educator. His style of teaching was natural, almost accidental -- a subtle explanation of some natural phenomenon that listeners always took for granted, or a deeper insight into life.
Richard Wilson was a proper Scottish gentleman. He liked his single malt scotch; loved his wife Anne, son Roger, and daughter Jennifer. He traveled extensively, read religiously, and lived life with the focused attention of a scientist.
He was born on February 2, 1932, in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was five he met his future wife, Anne, in their hometown of Musselburgh, Scotland. They were married in 1954 and soon after departed for the United States.
Dick recieved a Bachelor of Arts from Lewis & Clark College, a Master's in Special Education from Portland State University, and a degree in Theology from the University of Edinburgh.
He served in the British Army after World War Two, worked as a Presbyterian Minister, a school teacher in Barrow, Alaska, and for a brief period of time sold coffee on the black market during World War Two.
The family will spread Richard's ashes on the slopes of the Three Sisters, close to his beloved wife Anne, at a later date.