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Richard "Dick" Cavanagh '67

Richard John “Dick” Cavanagh of Maryville, TN, passed away on May 27, 2017, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Born July 8, 1944, in Chicago, IL, and raised in York, PA. He received a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Drake University, Des Moines, IA.

Richard spent his entire career in the life and health insurance industry. After retiring to Maryville, TN, he worked as a teaching assistant in special education at the Blount County Detention Center and Heritage High School. He was a member of MENSA. He enjoyed trivia, karaoke, golf and traveling.

Richard was preceded in death by parents, John O. and Madeline Cavanagh, and sister Kathleen. He is survived by his loving wife, Madeline; a son, Andrew (Ashley) Cavanagh; two step-sons, Christopher (Dora) Neubauer, Daniel (Linda) Steiger, and step-daughter, Becky (Barry) Skinner; grandchildren, Katie, Nate, Jack, Thomas, Adam, Vanessa, Elizabeth, Frida, Courtney, Cameron, Kirsten, Nikki and Claire; sister, Joan (Ted) Palowski; several nieces.

Richard donated his body for research and subsequent cremation. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.