Obituary of Richard E. Caswell

03 September 1930 - 24 January 2020

Richard Eugene Caswell, 89, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2020. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 3, 1930, to Thomas and Frances (Taylor) Caswell. He was raised in Brainerd, MN and attended the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault, MN. While attending MSD he played all sports. He graduated in 1950, then went to Gallaudet College where he met and married his college sweetheart, Dorothy M. Leitch, Sept. 4, 1954. At Gallaudet, he excelled in sports, especially football and basketball. Dick graduated in 1955 with a major in Education and a minor in Physical Education. Dick settled down in Silver Spring, MD and went to work at the Washington Star newspaper for 7 years as a linotype operator (printer) before going to work at the United States Printing Office. From the US Printing Office, he was offered a position working for the US Senate Committee on Armed Services as a Proof Reader where he remained for 16 years serving under the chairmanship of five different senators (John Stennis, John Tower, Barry Goldwater, Sam Nunn, and Strom Thurmond). He retired in 1995 with 34 years of Government service.

Aside from working, Dick served many organizations for the deaf most notably the American Athletic Association of the Deaf, where he served as Publicity Director, Secretary-Treasurer, and President. He also served as the AAAD representative on the USOC (United States Olympic Committee). Dick was an active service member to the CISS as Basketball Technical Delegate for 24 years, 7 World Games for the Deaf.