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Summers, Dr. Richard

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Dr. Richard  Summers

Dr. Richard Deane Summers passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on June 6, 2021 in Canton, Georgia. His wife, Patricia of 23 years, was with him when he passed. Richard was born January 8, 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended primary school in Atlanta and in Birmingham, Alabama. He returned to Atlanta and graduated from Sandy Springs High School in 1964 and entered Georgia Tech that same year. He got several degrees from Georgia Tech, including his Bachelors Degree in Physics, two Masters Degrees in Math and Physics, and a PhD in Math in 1977. After graduation, he lived and taught in West Virginia, Chattanooga, and in Texas at West Texas University. He then worked as an Engineering Specialist at Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth, Texas. He moved back to Georgia where he continued his passion for teaching as a professor at Reinhardt University, where he taught from 1996 until his retirement in 2018. He couldn't totally give it up, so he continued teaching until 2020 when he became ill. Throughout the years, he was a member of many professional organizations and volunteered for many community activities. He was very active in the Waleska United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and did many volunteer activities. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Forsyth County for many years. He was also a member of many professional organizations connected to teaching and science. He was a passionate reader and read several books each week. He has three children, a son Joseph and a step-daughter and step-son, Stephanie and Stephen. He has 5 grandchildren, including a granddaughter that was born 3 days after he passed. He is also survived by his wife, Patricia, his sister Belinda Swift, and his brother Michael Summers. He loved hiking and fishing and introduced his son Joe to fishing which he loves passionately. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many in the Reinhardt community. His service will be held on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at the Waleska United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm with a gathering after the service.

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