Richard Hall Wilson, a retired educator from the Montgomery County School system, died Monday in his home in Leesburg, VA. He was 74. Richard was born in Salisbury, MD. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State College, his Master’s degree from Loyola College of MD, and his PhD from University of Maryland. He began his career in education as a special education teacher in Salisbury and then a general education teacher in Baltimore City. Once he received his Master’s degree, he moved into curriculum development in Montgomery County. He served Montgomery County for over 30 years, where he helped develop the standard for the nation in K-12 Social Studies curriculum. He was active in developing a vibrant “mock trial” program, and conducted many workshops around the country. He served as a mentor for new teachers, and participated in teacher exchange programs with other countries. His last post in Montgomery County was as an Assistant Principal at Montgomery Blair High School. He then returned to Salisbury University where he guided the Oral History Program. Richard influenced countless students in his career with his passion for learning and commitment to service. Richard was also a marathon runner and triathlete, who competed in dozens of triathlons and 2 Marathons. He enjoyed singing and playing guitar. He loved to travel, especially to Key West with his family. He enjoyed coaching girls’ softball, and loved his local sports teams. He was an active supporter of many Veterans’ causes and enjoyed his faith community in the Methodist church.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Maureen Wilson, who was truly the love of his life. Their love inspires and comforts their two daughters: Dorothy Bistransin, of Columbia, MD and Tracy Paradis of Leesburg, VA. Richard was also devoted to his 6 grandchildren. Family and Friends are invited to Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Road, NE Leesburg, Virginia, on Friday, March 3rd between 5:00-6:00 pm. A brief memorial service in Richard’s honor will begin at 6:00.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any contributions be directed toward Capital Caring Hospice, 24419 Millstream Drive Aldie, VA 20105.