Aug. 31, 1934 — Oct. 9, 2013
Richard L. Bell — born in Washington DC 1934 – passed away peacefully Oct. 9, 2013.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1957 and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1965. He was a professor of chemical engineering at UC Davis until his retirement in 1987. He served as chairman of the chemical engineering department, worked on numerous committees at UC Davis but truly enjoyed working with his students. He was voted teacher of the year several times.
After retirement from the university he moved to southern California, where he worked as the director of science and technology for a San Diego law firm. He enjoyed sailing and served as commodore of the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, climbed glaciers in South America, owned a scuba diving shop in Davis, where he taught many students to dive, and was a private pilot. After his second retirement from the law firm, ever the teacher, he volunteered as a docent on the USS Midway in San Diego.
He is preceded in death by his son and his parents. He is survived by his children, Lesli (Howard) Bell Goldberg, and Stacy and Janet Bell; his grandchildren Bradley and Rebecca Goldberg; his siblings Rose Marie LaCheminant, Lawrence Bell and Joanne Poor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is honoring his wishes by scattering his ashes at sea and then celebrating his life at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club in Marina del Rey on Nov.3.