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Richard 
richard(dot)widdicombe(at)stevens(dot)edu
Location:
Utica, NY
6-11-2007 12:07 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

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So if you would like to submit something, give me a call at: 315-749-8528
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Andrew Tom 
andrewtsf(at)yahoo(dot)com
Location:
San Francisco, CA
4-1-2007 05:29 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Richard,

From time to time I think about my Stevens experience because of a Delt event, a wedding, or just passing through Hoboken. Each time, there's more color and depth added to my memories. Certainly, you facilitated and enabled many of those snapshots of my life whether it was getting stuck in the middle of the frozen lake at Big Moose, cocktails at the house, odd jobs, or passing out at the library and missing the first hour of a final exam. Stevens will find a successor but he/she will never fill those shoes. Thank you for your all of your support, advice and friendship even though I may not have had the presence of mind to fully appreciate them at that time as I do now.
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Bill Sheridan 
bsheridan(at)advancedmarketplace(dot)com
Location:
Tampa, FL
2-23-2007 07:51 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,

I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the big bash. We are hosting a party here for my wife's business this weekend then I am out of town on business travel straight away. We have kid's birthday's the next couple of weekends as well. January is a pretty crazy month for us.

That being said, I will make sure to let you know next time I am heading north so we can try to get together. Steven's just won't be the same without you there. You should be very proud of the legacy you leave as well and the impact you have had on so many young people's lives. I have many fond memories at Steven's and Big Moose and am so grateful for the all of the help you gave me. Your counsel came in so many forms - friend, big brother, career advisor, legal aide, confidante and so much more. THANK YOU!

It was great seeing you a few months back. You look great so don't get fat and lazy in retirement! :)

Bill Sheridan <><
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Samuele Ghelfi 
sghelfi(at)bigfoot(dot)com
Location:
Tampa, Florida
2-9-2007 01:02 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Dear Richard
I thought I was your only friend! This is quite a turnout, and you deserve all of the words of praise expressed on your site. I can honestly say you helped me graduate from Stevens by making the right introductions for me with Amoroso and with the Stevens IT engineering group. I have very fond memories of dinners and chats at “The Pond House” and many, many, a bottle of fine single malt scotch consumed on the roof of my apartment in NYC, by the bond fire at Big Moose and at random bars in the city. Thanks for always being a good listener and strong supporter. I am glad you are retiring and enjoying the great network you have created for yourself though the years.

Sorry I was not able to make it to your retirement celebration; I hope to see you soon.

Sam Ghelfi, 2001 SigEp
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Linda Scanlon 
Location:
Jersey City, NJ
1-30-2007 12:20 PM  Write a comment

Dear Richard,

For the past seven-and-a-half years, I have had the rare priviledge of telling people that I'd meet that "I love my job." This has often been met with incredulity, which made it all the more poignant that I went to work earch day to a happy and supportive environment. I have learned so much from your leadership style -- our staff has enjoyed a workplace in which mutual respect, autonomny, and trust have been most valued.

Thank you for giving me a chance back in 1999. I feel immeasurably fortunate to have been selected to work with you and our colleagues in the library.

We're so happy that you have decided to remain Curator!. Congratulations to you and Martha.
Best wishes, Very sincerely,

Linda Scanlon
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H. Karl Springob 
Location:
Leonia, NJ
1-27-2007 09:21 AM  Write a comment

Dear Dick,

Yesterday my copy of the latest Indicator arrived and with it the announcement of your retirement. Can it really be? It is hard to imagine anyone surviving the vagaries of Stevens for 40 years, but I know people do. You have survived and need to be congratulated for that alone but I know congratulations are due for more than survival. Having served with you on the Library Committee for several years, I am aware of the dedication and hard work you put into the job. It was a priviledge to have had the opportunity to work with you and to know you.

I was happy to see that your photo in the announcement shows you looking so happy, relaxed, and well -- but I do remember you with more hair which shows you have really joined the retirees club. I am also happy to see that you will continue some involvement throught the Frederick Winslow Taylor collection.

I take this opportunity to wish you a long, happy, and healthy retirement doing those things you desire and which you may have put off for too long in your years at Stevens.

With warmest regards,
Karl
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Henry Bonnell 
hbonnell(at)aviantsystems(dot)com
Location:
Manhattan, NY
1-26-2007 04:02 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard/Martha,

I am writing to you to thank you for a wonderful party. It was great to see both of you in that setting – so happy with all of your many friends. You deserve a bash like that and it was great to be a part of the evening. I was excited to see the true scope of your reach into the Alumni group.

It is safe to say that the Institute may never see another person like you who has influenced so many. I have been involved with Stevens my entire life over 3 generations and I believe there have been very few individuals who rise to the level of your contributions to the betterment of the student body and alumni alike. I have always been impressed with your ability, as a non-teaching faculty, to assume a much larger role than any faculty member in the development of those you connect with. You have taught me a lot about people – the things that Stevens squelches by its very nature as a technical Institute. There is a big void in the school that you helped fill and sadly it will be vacant again upon your departure. There are 3 names that come to mind when I think of Stevens: Two from my Grandfather; 1. Old Doc Pond, and 2. Sandy “The Wire Bender” Calder, and one from my own involvement; 3. Richard Widdicombe. The student body and Alumni will truly miss both of you.

I have had a love/hate relationship with Stevens from a very young age. I never wanted to go there and hated the thought of going to school with such a geeky crowd but I accepted the challenge. In some ways, I am still recovering from the trauma 25 years later – or is that a midlife crisis seeping in here?!! Ha, Ha! You provided much of the motivation to keep going through the workload and social torture by believing in me and exposing me to a grander lifestyle amidst all of those lashings of C’s and B’s (a few D’s and even rarer A’s thrown in). I thank you for that.

We need to get together in 2007. Our travel schedules are pretty busy but we can certainly find some time to visit in the next 12 months.

Until then good luck with your adjustment to the Utica winter.

Your friend always,

Hank

Henry Bonnell
Aviant Systems, LLC
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Tony Ismailoff 
ismailoff(at)earthlink(dot)net
Location:
Gettysburg, PA
1-20-2007 07:04 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Dear Richard,

It is with deep regret that I was unable to attend your retirement celebration.

As I sit here writing, many memories of our numerous adventures come to mind.

I remember when we met through a mutual friend who's family you were helping after his mother was run over by a race car at a stock car race! His mother survived and your guidance and mentoring probably saved me from becoming a model juvenile delinquent.

You introduced me to many new friends,Martha, skiing, canoeing, hiking, cooking, Mcsorely's, Apple,Dutchess, and all those wonderful Norfolk Terriers.

Helping you move to 'Pond House' from White Plains in my old red Falcon station wagon so many years ago seems like yesterday. I was unable to help in the move to Utica but I'm sure there will be projects there for me when I visit.

Our long friendship will always be a very important part of my life. If everyone had a Richard Widdicombe in their life, what a great world it would be!

I wish you and Martha the very best in retirement although I think that you and I will never be able to "retire". There will always be projects to do, places to go, people to meet and mountains to climb ( and Corvettes for me).

I will always be here if needed as you have always been there for me.

All the best,

Tony

(Tony The Cop)
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Pat and Dennis Enright 
pat136(at)ao(dot)com
Location:
Jersey City
1-18-2007 08:13 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Dear Richard, Seems you have quite a big fan club as this guestbook is quite full. Reading over the messages it is obvious you have touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways. What a fabulous legacy! Best wishes for you and Martha on your retirement. Hope the years ahead are healthy, happy and filled with amazing adventures.
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Jack Klecha 
klecha(at)gxclarke(dot)com
Location:
Midland Park, NJ
1-17-2007 01:57 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,

Congratulations on your semi-retirement !!!! I feel very fortunate to have met you and spend time with you. I was lucky to have been up to Big Moose quite a few times as well as the Pond House. I sometimes think about drinking scotch with Jared, Doug and you. I also think about my trip to Switzerland and reuniting with the Van Handle's. But, most of all, everyday I show up to work at G. X. Clarke and remember who gave me a chance.

Thanks very much, Jack
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Anthony Bailey 
bailey33(at)optonline(dot)net
Location:
West Milford, NJ
1-17-2007 01:51 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,

You are like a seed. As a seed grows into a tree and provides the world many leaves of shade. We are proud to have spent a moment, in the life changing shade you have provided. May days continue to bring your friends in search of the comfort your shade has provided to each and every one of us.

Enjoy each tomorrow as you have enjoyed each yesterday. God Bless.

Anthony and Patrice Bailey
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Brian Riccitelli 
brianriccit(at)earthlink(dot)net
Location:
Annadale, NJ
1-17-2007 01:45 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,
As I now have the chance to look back on the start of my "Adult Life," I realize how much my relationship with you during my years at Stevens has truly influenced my "start." My first exposure to the power and influence of a simple meal and good wine could have on friendships and business acquaintenances made a lasting impression on me. So much so, I guess that's why I chose a career in sales! i remember how much you enjoyed cooking, good wine and spending time around the table. I also remember the first time I met you in your BIG office and cut myself on your Samurai sword. (Thus the band-aid to commemorate that event!) The time at Big Moose was amazying, "firsts" to experience skking and snowmobiling -- that was a big thing for a kid from Jersey City!

I'm really happy to see that so many people that you influenced, befriended, guided and shared so very much with have recognized these effects on their lives and returned to demonstrate their affection to such a wonderful mentor and friend.

I sincerely, wish you and Martha all the best in your retirement.

Brian Riccitelli
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Charles Suffel 
csuffel(at)stevens(dot)edu
Location:
Hoboken, NJ
1-15-2007 09:21 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Dear Richard,
Please forgive me for missing your party. I had to be in NY for family
reasons. I hope that in the very near future you and I can have lunch
at the Elysian.
I don't write well enough to describe in words how important a role you
played in the success that Stevens has enjoyed over the past forty
years. We will miss you . Suffice it to say that Stevens will not be
the same without you.
Your friend and colleague,
Charlie

-------------------------------
Charles L Suffel
Dean of Academic Administration
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Pat and Dennis Enright 
pat136(at)aol(dot)com
Location:
Jersey City, NJ
1-15-2007 09:19 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Dear Richard and Martha, I hope that the party was as wonderful as it sounded it would be. You must have felt an overwhelming feeling of love and appreciation for all your years of work at Stevens. I am so sorry Dennis and I were not with you. How could I have had the date wrong? When I spoke with Roger yesterday, he asked where we were the night of the party. Honestly, I had the party on my calendar for this Friday evening, the 19th. WIth all the folks celebrating your work and presence I know we were not truly missed but I feel awful as both Den and I were looking forward to sharing in this tribute to you. What can I say, I am disappointed in me but so happy for you both. I hope your years of retirement and your life in that new home (the one in the Christmas card) are healthy and happy and many. Martha, stay with your golf and if you are ever in town when the weather is good call and we will have a game. Maybe I will see you around, Richard. I can not imagine you will not be frequenting the Steven's campus. Hugs, Pat Enright
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Peter Dooher 
pdooher(at)jcrew(dot)com
Location:
New York, New York
1-14-2007 06:32 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,
Congratulations on your retirement! Your work and personality made my time at Stevens so memorable. I still reflect upon some of the first candlelight piano recitals in the library hall that were magical!
I wish I could have been there for your reception, however, I raise a glass to you from afar!
All the best, always.
Peter Dooher '97 & John Dooher '60
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Frank Bell 
fbell(at)itstrategists(dot)com
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
1-14-2007 10:08 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hey Richard,

Wow – 40 years. Sorry I couldn’t make it to your celebration there in NJ. I’m sure it will be a blast. Enjoy retirement and have some fun. I know you will.
I still remember all those great times at the Library and Big Moose. I always wish I had gone on that ski trip – well, someday.


Take care and keep in touch.
-Frank


Frank Bell
Principal
IT Strategists, Inc.
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Bill Sheridan 
bsheridan(at)advancedmarketplace(dot)com
Location:
Clearwater, Florida
1-14-2007 09:56 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,

I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the big bash. We are hosting a party here for my wife's business this weekend then I am out of town on business travel straight away. We have kid's birthday's the next couple of weekends as well. January is a pretty crazy month for us.

That being said, I will make sure to let you know next time I am heading north so we can try to get together. Steven's just won't be the same without you there. You should be very proud of the legacy you leave as well and the impact you have had on so many young people's lives. I have many fond memories at Steven's and Big Moose and am so grateful for the all of the help you gave me. Your counsel came in so many forms - friend, big brother, career advisor, legal aide, confidante and so much more. THANK YOU!

It was great seeing you a few months back. You look great so don't get fat and lazy in retirement! :)

Bill Sheridan
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Stephen Nuding 
stephennuding(at)optonline(dot)net
Location:
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1-13-2007 01:26 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Richard,
I once toasted you at Amanda's by calling you the most "generative" person I knew. There was an awkward silence that followed, and I realized that I had blown the toast. The word "generative" comes from Erich Fromm's THE ART OF LOVING and is defined as those who nurture the next generation bringing them to fruition. It is a perfect description for you and therfore I toast you again; To Richard Widdicombe, the most generative person I know!
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Minh Nguyen 
gnugget(at)gmail(dot)com
Location:
Hoboken
1-13-2007 12:49 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Holy Crap Richard, those are not real weights in your work out video; there is no way you can lift more me!!! javascript:emoticon('')
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Congratulations on a tremendous career as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. It’s hard to believe that the one constant friend at Stevens is leaving the building, and the comfort of your presence just around the block is no more. I will miss you and Martha tremendously!

In a time where giving of one’s time and resources are rare you’ve been consistent with your time, energy, and the many lunches and dinners. Not only was our stomach nourished, but so were our minds. Thank you for extending your helping hands so freely to me and many of us, when direction, guidance, and opportunities are sorely needed.

There aren’t enough thanks that I can write or say that can express how truly grateful I am of your influence through the last 19 years, THANKYOU!

Here to at least another 19 more years of friendship.

God Bless,
Minh
‘91
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Hap Minshall 
hap(at)minshall(dot)name
Location:
Montville, NJ
1-13-2007 12:47 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Dick,

Please allow this double post in your guestbook. I just wanted everyone to see how dashing (we’ll have to leave it at that—my online thesaurus is unavailable) you were in 1970.

Hap
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