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Born 26-July-1928, Watertown, WI
Deceased 3-November-2019, Tavares, FL
Loving father, grandfather, husband and humanitarian.
After serving in the US Army, Dick attended Amherst College, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology and Mathematics. Upon graduation, Dick became a pioneer in the field of Software Engineering in the employ of Sperry Rand, where he designed innovative programs for the world’s first commercial computer, the UNIVAC.
Dick was an avid runner, having completed numerous races including the Boston Marathon. He also enjoyed singing and performing with barber shop quartets.
A humble and kind man, Dick donated a great deal of time and talent volunteering in his community. He co-founded and was a long time officer of the Wissahickon Park Rebuilding Project. He was a volunteer with the University of Pennsylvania Museum as a guide in the Egyptian exhibit. He performed extensive work with the Montgomery County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which recognized him as its Volunteer of the Year on multiple occasions.
The previous organizations notwithstanding, Dick was most proud of his work mentoring young people, many of whom were illiterate when they first met. Dick was recognized as an outstanding volunteer by the School District of Philadelphia. As a volunteer with the Employment and Training Foundation, Dick tutored and encouraged many young adults towards obtaining their GED certificates.
Dick was also recognized nationally for this work. In 1992, he received the US Department of Health and Human Services Literary Partnership award. In 1994, the Laubach Literary Action group recognized him as its outstanding volunteer.
Dick is survived by his wife Audrey of Tavares, FL; son Douglas Pratt (Kimberly); daughters Laura Wilkins (George) and Dona Lawrence (Clark); grandchildren Lisa Wilkins, Sean Wilkins, Michael Waskom and Christopher Waskom; and brother, John Pratt (Ute). He is preceded by his brother Tom and sisters Jane, Elizabeth and Paula.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Montgomery County, 531 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 and the Literacy Council of Norristown, 113 E. Airy Street, Norristown, PA 19401.