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Celebrating the life of

Richard A. McDonough

Passed away on March 31, 2021

Richard A. McDonough

Richard Aloysius McDonough III, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Savannah, GA. Born Sept 22nd, 1942 in Newark, NJ to Richard Aloysius McDonough II and Ruth Marie Everett. 

He enjoyed an incredible closeness with seven siblings: Joan Benjamin (Jim) of Columbia, Maryland: Diane McDonough of Summit, NJ; Bill McDonough (Anne) of Fort Mill, SC; David McDonough (Barbara) of Washington, DC; Colleen McDonough (Helen) of New York, NY; Nancy Hall (Tim) of Mesa, AZ; Cathy McDonough (Deb) of Conway, MA. 

He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 1960, and was named Most Outstanding Athlete, having achieved multiple All-American Honors, and winning State and Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships.  Dick attended Villanova University, where he continued his swimming success and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee, and graduated with a BSC in 1964.  He earned multiple All-America Honors, was the NCAA Champion in the 1963 200 yard butterfly, and represented the United States in the 1963 Pan-Am Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil where he was a gold medalist in 400 meter freestyle relay. As a member of the 1963 United States team in Japan, he set a new American record for the 100 meter freestyle at 54.0 seconds and was a member of two world record relay teams, the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.  He graduated in 1967 from the University of Michigan Law School, and followed by a 33 year career with IBM, including writing one of the first contracts for software.   He was admitted to the Bar in New York, Vermont and California. 

While working in France, he met his wife and the love of his life, Kirsten. 

He served as Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary in Paris, France for IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa.  He retired from IBM in 2000 as VP and Assistant General Counsel – IBM General Services.  In 1997, Dick and his wife purchased historic property in Dorset, Vermont known as the Norcross West Marble Quarry. Opened circa 1784, it is recognized as the oldest marble quarry in the US.  They undertook substantial improvements opening it up to others to be enjoyed as one of America’s finest swimming holes.  

Dick was an active member at Dorset Field Club, Dorset, VT, serving on the Board and as Club Historian, and at The Landings in Savannah, Georgia.  Dick was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Villanova University Hall of Fame, and the Seton Hall Prep Hall of Fame.  He had a passion for collecting anything relating to golf history, and in 2013, he co-authored with Peter Georgiady the book Great Golf Collections of the World.  He has written numerous articles on golf history and collectibles, though his family jokes that his collection was out of hand. 

Of all his accomplishments, he is most proud of his children. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Kirsten J. McDonough, and their children, Kara McDonough and Riley McDonough, and his children with the late Mimi Camp, R.A. McDonough (Gerda), John McDonough (Susan), Craig McDonough (Claire) and Carlin McDonough; and his grandchildren Eliza McDonough, Perry McDonough, Lily McDonough, Jack McDonough, Sean McDonough and Thomas McDonough.  

He is remembered by his friends and family for his exceptional ability to put a smile on the face of those around him, and his sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and strong sense of values and morals.  He never met a stranger, just a friend that he had not yet met. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Food Bank https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E19923&id=2 

Funeral mass will take place Monday, April 5, 11 am at St. James Catholic Church in Savannah, Georgia (masks required) and livestreamed.  His ashes will be properly buried in Dorset, Vermont.

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Dick was the whole reason I made the biggest decision of my life at the time...to go to Villanova University. I met him as a young swimmer and said, "I want to be him someday." Never quite got there. As we became good friends it astounded me that someone that was so great as he was...was so humble. He was the easiest guy to talk to and had a great sense of humor. We laughed at the same things and I had a friend for life. Years later after the school and the swimming were long over with he and I became even stronger friends. He shared some deep feelings with me about his family and we were like brothers. I loved him and visited him not too long ago at his home in Savannah. Although he was feeling bad at the time right before we left he told a great story and he gave me one last smile. I will remember him like that. Always humble, always smiling. RIP my good friend.

- Michael Fitzmaurice, Fort Mill, SC

Dick was a beloved cousin who embodied values that encouraged you to be a part of life, not a bystander. When my family moved to Manchester, VT I learned that Dick & Kirsten lived in Dorset. In no time our families were intertwined. It was Dick's idea that we host "The VT McDonough Family Reunion" His generosity of spirit, stories, photos, and interest in others were effortless. Vermont and the folks who enjoy the Dorset Quarry owe a great deal of gratitude to Dick for his tireless efforts and monies to keep the quarry available for so many to enjoy. Our Grandfather, R A McDonough was a man who never hesitated to help another. Dick McDonough was that kind of man. With much love and prayers of peace, I extend my condolences to Kirsten and all the McDonoughs. Elise McDonough Redmond

- elise redmond, north palm beach, FL

I am deeply saddened for your loss. Dick was the Patriarch and someone who we all looked up to. He is now at peace and with God.

- FitzMaurice , Dublin, Ca

I am so very sorry to hear of Dicks passing, my deepest condolences to Kirsten and the rest of the McDonough family for you loss. While I only knew him for a few short years, Dicks profound impact on my life and my family’s future will never go unappreciated. His generosity and friendship were more than I could have ever asked for and I am a better man because of him. I will miss working side by side with Dick to make the Quarry a better place for everyone to experience. I will strive to carry on his passion and love for the Dorset Quarry as its new steward and I will think of him with such fondness every time I open the gate or when I see the smiles on people’s faces that enjoy what we did together. With sincerest love and respect, Ryan & Christy Downey

- Ryan Downey, Dorset, Vermont

Kirsten, I am so very sorry for your loss! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could give you a big hug! Stay strong, friend!

- Alicia Durrence , Pooler , Georgia

Kirsten, I feel your sorrow. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

- Karol Schmidt, Lake Mary, FL

So sad for all that knew him to lose such a big guy, physically & personally - one of our favorite people in the world! Sincere condolences to Kirsten and all the children we met in Dorset..Dick was always ready with a hearty laugh about something and our mutual topics were quarries,law, food and booze. Oh my, we will miss Dick but know that we will meet again upstairs. Love to all the family and sorry we can’t get to Ga.but will celebrate his brilliant life in VERMONT this summer. David & Kathy Dickenson

- David & Kathy Dickenson, Vero Beach, Fl.

I will miss my lifelong friend and Villanova swimming buddy. We had so many great times together from the day he took me under his wing as a “walk-on” Freshman swimmer at Villanova to our trip to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Golf with Dick was always “memorable “ , if not quite up to par! From Australia , to Ireland, Dorset, Arcola and Greenwich—what a”hoot”. A truly outstanding person I am proud to call my friend. RIP buddy Rebes

- Doug Rebak, Naples, Florida

What a great and interesting guy. I loved conversations with him both on and off the golf course. My condolences to the family

- Bob Longueira, Savannah, GA

My wife Judy and I first met Dick probably 20 years ago at a Golf Collectors Society meeting and "hickory hacker" at the Shawnee on Delaware. Dick was one of those remarkable persons with whom one is instantly comfortable, and together we spent that first evening and all the next day conversing on everything "old golf." After that weekend, we remained good friends even though we might only talk a few times a year or only see each other every couple of years. There were so many aspects of Dick's remarkable personality, but what always struck me was this easy and genuine friendship. Even after months and sometimes years of not talking or meeting, we would instantly pick up where we'd left off when we did. Whether meeting at the 2003 PGA Championship or touring his voluminous collection of sports memorabilia at the Landings, Dick's knowledge of golf history was encyclopedic. And then there was tennis, and his sports writing and on and on. I will miss my friend, his easy manner, his wonderful laugh, kind and gentle sharing, and his deep intellect will be impossible to replicate—our deep and sad condolences to Kirsten and the family.

- Fred and Judy Beltz, Rochester, NY

Dick was a fellow golfer, historian, writer and...an IBMer. Though we never worked in the same areas we shared a lot of common experiences, friendships and acquaintances. Among my favorite collections is the special people that I encountered through golf. He was at the top of the list.

- Peter Georgiady, Lebanon, OH

A deep loss. As you know John and Dick played golf together and enjoyed the car club. May they both share their experiences with God now. You will find a strength you never knew you had. With love, Linda Kilcullen

- Linda Kilcullen, Stone mountain, Georgia

Kirsten, so many wonderful memories that he created for us. Our rivalry in basketball (Nova vs UNC) carried into 2016 when Dick and I traveled to Houston for the Final Four. Nova won on last second shot and that meant our framed $10 bet is still with him in his new home. So many Vermont moments where his ashes will be left. His legacy will be with all of those whom he touched for the rest of our lives.

- Randy and Rusty Myer, Chapel Hill, NC

As one of the younger cousins in the McDonough lineage, I was blessed to have role models in the family that I always looked up to, followed with admiration and sought to emulate. Dick was at the top of that list. The stories that my Mom and Dad told us about our cousin Dick’s swimming career and his professional life were numerous and impactful. He was always a true gentleman, absolutely in the model of his incredible father, our revered Uncle Dick. I will always remember, with great fondness, the last two occasions when I spent time with Dick - - first up in Vermont at his amazing home (really a park) during the McDonough Cousin’s Party and then again at the Breakers in Spring Lake for the last one. He was a fantastic and inspirational cousin and just a really great man. Julia, our kids and I send our deepest sympathies to Kirsten and the entire McDonough family.

- Steve Reynolds, Spring Lake , NJ

Dear Kirsten and the McDonough children, My wife Mary and I offer our prayers and condolences on the passing of dear Dick. I say passing because that is our Faith. Like St.Paul,Dick fought the good fight,he finished the race and he kept the faith and now The Lord will greet him in Heaven. We were both swimmers and that's where it ended. We had much fun at GCC both on the golf course and on the squash court.He personnally signed a note to me in his "Great Golf Collections of The World Book", I quote" To Bill Shea,The greatest shot ever-St. Andrews $ 25-three balls and a golf club",I guess my club followed the balls in the water? My God have Mercy on Your soul,Dick !

- william Brien shea, Greenwich, CT

So sorry to hear the sad news. Dick was one of the most disciplined individuals that I have ever known. Whether it was swimming or studying he always excelled and succeeded. I can hear him saying clear as a bell “two more laps” after doing 20 laps or so in the pool. His voice and wisdom will be sorely missed. Having had the opportunity of being his roommate at Villanova in Freshmen year, he set many examples, but one I leaned from him was that you have to focus and concentrate to be successful. He did both exceedingly well. May he rest in peace, Dan Hurley

- Daniel M. Hurley, Bonita Springs, Florida

So sorry to hear of your loss. Unfortunately, I will not be in town this week, but you all will be in my thoughts.

- Janet Bishop, Savannah, GA

I was deeply saddened to learn of Dick's passing. My memories of him go back to the sixties training with Mr. A. for the 64 olympic games . I was 3 years younger than Dick and he was a legend and role model for many of us and so humble . Not an ounce of arrogance in his muscular frame that just oozed with natural talent to accompany his warm welcoming personality. A VERY special guy who will surely be missed by many. My condolences to Dick's family

- Jack Zakim, Franklin Lakes , New Jersey

A sad day for those who knew Dick. A great person and contributor in numerous ways to the world who will be missed by all. God Bless. Bill & Judy

- Bill & Judy Geoghegan, Galway, Ireland

On behalf of all of the members of the Dorset Field Club, please accept our sincere condolences to the McDonough family. Dick dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to DFC, as it's unofficial golf historian, Board Member and Treasurer. He was a regular on the golf course, a game he truly loved. Dick always had a story and a smile to share with all who knew him. In many ways, he was bigger than life and we are all grateful for his friendship. We are saddened by his loss, but comforted by knowing that his was a life so well-lived. Thank-you for sharing him with us. Joel Iannuzzi, DFC Board President.

- Joel Iannuzzi, Manchester Center, VT

Dear Kirsten__We are so shocked and sorry for the news re Dick.Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the family. Carol and Barry Patterson.

- Barrt Pattrson, Dorset, VT

My Uncle Dick was one of the finest people I have known. As a kid I remember bragging to my friends that my uncle was in the Guinness Book of World Records. As I grew up, Dick was a role model in every way -- witty, generous, kind, so successful, devoted to his family, and a true leader. I followed his footsteps in pursuing a career as a lawyer and loved every chance to be with him. Some of my favorite memories include watching a Michigan - Notre Dame football game on the VCR at his apartment in Paris; the amazing golf trip to Ireland a couple of years ago with his lifelong pals Jim and Jack plus my dad, Uncle David and cousins; and our fabulous McDonough family reunion from the summer of 2019. I can hear Dick's distinctive laughter even now as I am sitting at my desk. Jessica and I send deepest sympathies to Kirsten and my beloved cousins R.A., John, Craig, Carlin, Kara, and Riley as well as their wonderful families.

- Jim Benjamin, Bronxville, NY

Kirsten, Dick was one of my favorite people. I have always felt privileged to know him, share his friendship and stories with my family. His wit and smile were treasures indeed. I will keep you in my thoughts. Kaye

- KAYE MANLY and family , Dorset, Vt.

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God Speed, Dick. You were and always will be very special in our hearts and Memories. Tom Brennan VU '66

- E. T BRENNAN, JR., SEA GIRT, NJ

My condolences. Wonderful memories in Dorset, Vt.

- Joan Mandala, La Quinta, CA

We will miss Dick. He was a kind, thoughtful and generous man. He was an indefatigable chronicler of the Dorset Field Club history. A remarkable athlete. A life well lived and clearly well loved.

- Paul Wheeler, Manchester , Vermont

Dear Kirsten, I met Dick in 1970 and got to know him so well over the years we worked together at IBM. He was a tremendous colleague and I know how happy he was in Paris. We became good friends and friendly games of golf cemented that friendship. I have such warm memories of Dick at Chantilly, at Royal St Georges in Sandwich and of course at Savannah where you entertained Mary and me so generously in your home in Seawatch drive. Dick's deep chuckle and laugh always made you feel good; he had that gift. This is such a tragic shock. Mary and I send you our love and warmest best wishes. Ian and Mary Mavor

- Ian and Mary Mavor, Sandwich, Kent, UK

Dear Kirsten and the expansive McDonough family: What an incredible life story, what an incredible life lived. I am grateful to have gotten to know Dick as a Vermont resident, avid golfer, historian, marble aficionado, and more. Dick had a generous spirit and zest for life, and I am so sorry he leaves a hole in your family as he leaves a hole in our community. He will be missed by so, so many. Rest in peace, Dick, and may your spirit live on in the memories of those who knew and loved you. Mark Tashjian

- Mark Tashjian, Manchester, VT

Dick was a great friend for a very long time We shared golf, squash and many good meals over the years at GREENWICH CC and in Vermont. He was a preeminent golf historian with a brilliant collection of memorabilia. He will never be forgotten and very much missed.

- Charlie & Margo Tusa, Greenwich, Connecticut

What a wonderful life Dick lived! Growing up, I never hesitated to tell my friends that my cousin was a world class swimmer. I'm happy I was able to share that with him at our family reunion at the quarry. Thoughts and prayers to Kirsten and all the McDonough family. Donna McDonough Ryder

- Donna McDonough Ryder, Naperville, IL

I had the good fortune to work with Dick on his book, Great Golf Collections of the World. It was a collaboration that taught me how a dedication to excellence can be combined with a fascination for golf history. He was a tough taskmaster and demanded the best. I will miss the many phone conversations and his passion for his many interests. All the best to his family who will have wonderful memories of a singular and truly interesting man.

- Jim Davis, Grand Rapids, MI

Dear Kirsten and the McDonough family, Kim and I were greatly saddened to hear of Dick's passing. He was always kind and welcoming to us and we have many happy memories of the times we spent together. I will remember him as a man of strong character who was always focused on those he was with rather than himself. We will miss him. Please know that you all remain in our prayers. Love, Rich and Kim

- Rich and Kim Reynolds, South Bend, Indiana

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- Ursula Belding, Drottningholm, Sweden

Dear Kirsten and family, we are so saddened by the news of Dick's passing. What a tremendous life lived, full of loving and sharing. We hold you in our hearts. May the memories that you and Dick created together bring you peace and strength in the coming months. Fondly, Marie and Manuel.

- Marie and Manuel Garay, Manchester, VT

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- Ursula Belding, Drottningholm, Sweden

I was fortunate to spend some time with Dick and Bill at the Final Four in San Antonio. He was able to get us all great seats so we could watch Villanova win it's second national championship in 3 years. And the camaraderie with other Villanova alumni is a cherished memory.

- Dennis Wainwright, Dallas, TEXAS

I first met Dick through competitive swimming when he was at Seton Hall and Villanova and I was at Lawrenceville and Princeton. He was one year behind me in age. We lost touch for almost 50 years but continued to value the friendship that we had established. We picked up the conversation where we had left off. My most memorable experience in swimming developed through my exposure to Bob Alexander (Mr. A), the legendary coach of the North Jersey Swim Association (NJSA). In the summer of 1962, somehow their team needed a pick-up breaststroker for their 400 Meter Medley Relay. The other three were world class, Jed Graef at backstroke, Dick at butterfly and Rick Girdler as the anchorman in freestyle. Amazing everybody and particularly ourselves, we were second to the Indianapolis Athletic Club (IAC) which was untouchable. On resuming our contact, in recent years we shared our common interest in golf clubs and courses spread around the country. In particular, we discussed Seymour Dunn who designed a golf course in my hometown of Laurel, MS and The Lawrenceville School. Also, it was a treat to enjoy Great Golf Collections of the World. One of my great disappointments is that Dick and I did not have the opportunity to visit in person, but that was not to be. I appreciate what Dick meant to me in and out of the pool. Sincere condolences to the entire family and all of our mutual friends. Gardiner Green, Jr.

- Gardiner Green, Jr., Laurel, MS

To the McDonough clan, Please accept my sincere condolences. I was very saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. He will always be remembered as a terrific and humble guy with a terrific sense of humor. I enjoyed a number of golf rounds with him over the years at GCC. His love of golf and it’s history was no secret to many at GCC but his extraordinary athletic accomplishments were. He never ever talked about that. In fact, the only way I knew of some of his accomplishments were discovered from and shared by a contemporary swimming competitor of Dick’s who happened to be a professional colleague of mine. Says it all about Dick. A truly great guy!! Peter McGowan

- P MCGOWAN, Greenwich , CT

A wonderful easygoing guy I’ll always remember.

- vargas, Rutland, Vt.

A wonderful easygoing guy I’ll always remember.

- vargas, Rutland, Vt.

Kirsten ,our deepest condolences to you and the family We are so very sorry for your loss . Dick was a wonderful man and friend to all in the Dorset VT He was a great historian especially for the DFC and had so very many accomplishments during his life. We always enjoyed our times together and he will certainly be missed by many !

- barbara and king wright, MANCHESTER CENTER, VT

My condolences to the family of a wonderful man who found many of my golf balls scattered about the Dorset Field Club. RIP.

- John W Decorato, MD, Dorset, VT

Dick and I have been friends for more than 60 years. I was blessed to have him as a friend and over and over he told me how lucky he was to have you, Kirsten at his side. Rather than focus on our collective loss I prefer to think about the amazing swimmer, powerful competitor, always smiling and supportive friend who gave the world more than he took. His last words to me were...."love you, buddy". Dick-I loved and will always love you even more.

- David Abramson, New York, New York

Dick McDonough was my friend for almost 60 years. He was a good man – smiling, caring, humble, strong, generous, principled, loyal and much more. In the “old days – the 1960s” I used to psych myself up before a race by channeling my nerves into anger against my opponents, but I just couldn’t do that with Dick. He was the only swimming competitor back then who I could sincerely congratulate when he beat my ass, which he did frequently, in 1963 especially. Through him, I became and remain friends with many other party-going Villanova and Mr. Alexander-coached swimmers: Jed Graef, Jack Geoghegan, Thompson Mann, Gardiner Green, Rick Girdler, Mike Fitzmaurice come to mind. When my business fortunes became difficult in the early 1990s, he graciously reached across the country and offered me a job in the tax department of IBM, which both of us were ultimately glad I didn’t accept. He always called me his special friend for doing a favor he considered significant during his early business career –I always accepted his gratitude but never could remember anything significant to deserve that. Over the years we seldom saw each other, living on opposite coasts, but because of his kindness and enthusiasm, we always renewed the friendship whenever we came in contact – most recently on the Yale Swimming Lore network, laughing and talking swim memories, a few of which may not have even happened. All of us will dearly miss our friend Dick McDonough and I hope to renew our deep friendship when we next meet.

- Stephen E Clark, Larkspur, CA

Sincere condolences to the entire family. Dick was my manager for a few years in the IBM legal department when he was the chief lawyer at the IBM Credit Corporation in the early 1990s. I never knew what a stellar athlete he was -- he was always a humble person and was very calm and collected -- being the voice of reason who was able to bring people together to achieve the desired result. On a couple of more recent occasions, I was lucky enough to run into Dick when we traveled to Savannah for IBM annual meetings. I was glad to see that he was relaxed and happy in his retirement. An overall great person -- May he rest in peace.

- Stuart Moskowitz, Hartsdale, New York

Please accept all our love, prayers, and sympathy on the passing of beloved cousin Dick.

- Marie McDonough, Naperville, Il

Although I was not close to Dick as my older cousins were, I just remember looking at the framed medals that he received from high school and thru college at their house in So Orange back in the 60’s and thinking what a phenomenal athelete he was. The last time I saw Dick was in Vermont a few years back at the family reunion. My cousin Dick always reminded me of my father and Uncle Bobby, a personality that just melted you when you met him. To Kirsten and all his children, I will miss him... Jimmy

- Jim Mcdonough, Monmouth Beach, Née Jersey

We share the deep sadness of the McDonough family at the loss of Dick. We will certainly remember Dick and his extended family in prayer as the days and weeks move forward. Through the grace of our loving God may he rest in eternal peace.

- Bob and Faye Mortenson, Fort Wayne, IN

So sad and sorry to see such a great guy pass. I knew Dick as a fellow Rotarian on The Landings. He was gracious and very humble, thoughtful, a true delight to be around. My condolences to Kirsten and family.

- George Lawrence, Savannah, Ga.

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200