Richard Alfred “Dick” Mulford, Sr.
January 28, 1934- June 5, 2016
Richard Alfred “Dick” Mulford, Sr., 82, of Port Republic, MD died June 5, 2016 at Calvert Memorial Hospital.
Born January 28, 1934 in East Orange, NJ, he was the son of Alfred Clark Mulford and Bernice (LeCompte) Mulford.
Dick graduated from Old Dominion College in Norfolk, VA with a BS Degree. He served in the United States Navy in Korea and aboard the USS Randolph. He worked for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science as a Marine Scientist working to set up a program to sample marine plankton in the offshore waters of Virginia. He relocated in Benedict, MD in 1969 to set up a lab under the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Dick then relocated to Scientist Cliffs where he built a deck house. After the completion of his home, he was approached by others to build deck houses for them as well. This started a new career for Dick as a builder.
Dick served as a District Court Commissioner of Calvert County and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church serving on many boards and committees. He raised gourds, decorated them and turned them into birdhouses. He was affectionately known and the “Gourd Man”.
Dick is survived by his wife, Virginia “Gina” Mulford whom he married on June 12, 1954 in a double wedding ceremony with Virginia’s sister Carolyn; his children, Karen Fowler (William), Richard Mulford, Jr. (Mary) and Stacy Hawxhurst (Joe); grandchildren, Erin Kimbro (Nathan), Kurt Fowler (Mary), Laura Gosheff (Mike), Megan Mulford, Karli Hawxhurst, and Katherine Hawxhurst; great-grandchildren, Carter Gosheff, Bailey Gosheff, Gracee Kimbro, Landon Fowler and Hayden Fowler; and sister, Martha Dreswick (Stanley). In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his brother, James C. Mulford.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016