Richard (Dick) Henry MacQuiddy of Brookings died on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2007, at a Medford, Ore., hospital. His death was sudden, caused by a head trauma following a fall.
Dick was born on January 17, 1927, in El Centro to Richard Henry MacQuiddy Sr. and Frances Ella Johnston MacQuiddy. He grew up in Southern California, graduating from Long Beach Military Academy. Upon graduating from high school in 1944, he joined the U.S. Army. After World War II ended, he served with the occupation forces in Japan.
When he left the Army he attended San Jose State University. It was there that he met his wife, Ina Beth Watson. They received AB degrees together in June 1951 and married on Dec. 2, 1951 in Carmel.
Two years later, Dick began graduate work at San Jose State University where he earned a teaching credential and a Master's Degree. He taught in the East Side High School district in San Jose, and was the school psychologist for the Campbell Union School District, while at the same time continuing his graduate work at Stanford University. He earned a PhD in psychology in 1962 and began a private practice in Clinical Psychology with offices in the San Jose area.
Dick served for two terms on the Campbell Union School District board of trustees. He and his wife were active in church together, where they provided leadership for the high school youth in a San Jose church for about 10 years.
Dick enjoyed amateur theater and participated in melodramas presented by Val League, a San Jose organization which raised funds for local charities. His favorite hobby was orchid growing. When he retired in 1993, he built a greenhouse in the garden of his Campbell home and enjoyed membership in two orchid societies.
He and Beth enjoyed traveling together. They explored the continental United States with their fifth-wheeler and enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the South Pacific, China, England and Italy. Most recently, they were becoming acquainted with Oregon by traveling with the Brookings Elks Ramblin' RVers.
Dick and Beth moved to Brookings in October 1999. The large population and accompanying hustle and bustle of life in Santa Clara County no longer suited them. They have loved living in "small town" Brookings and having a home on the coastline where they enjoyed a view of the ocean they both loved.
Upon arriving in Brookings, Dick founded the Siskiyou Coast Orchid Club. It began with a handful of orchid growers in his home and has now grown to a large organization that meets monthly and presents an orchid show each year during the Azalea Festival. Dick has served as president of the Siskiyou Coast Orchid Club, Brookings Newcomers Welcoming Club and of the Elks Ramblin' RVers Club.
Because he felt strongly that no one should suffer from hunger, he served as a volunteer for the Brookings Food Bank. Most of all, Dick enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his family. He chose Brookings because his daughter and her family live there, and activities with them always came first for Dick.
Dick was preceded in death by two sons, John and Tommy. He is survived by his wife Beth; daughter and son-in-law Marjorie and Brad Towers, of Brookings; granddaughter Allison Towers, of Salem, Ore.; grandson Scott MacQuiddy, of Reno, Nev.; granddaughter Jennifer Kelsey, of Egan, Minn.; three great grandchildren; brother John MacQuiddy, of Imperial Beach; and sister Joy Gaston, of Maui, Hawaii.
A memorial service will be held on Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Crescent City Church of Christ, 9th and E Streets, Crescent City. A reception will follow at his home in Brookings. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Brookings Community Food Share (Food Bank), P.O. Box 1415, Brookings, OR 97415, or Our Daily Bread Ministries, 1135 Harrold St., Crescent City, CA 95531.