Richard Allen Day, 80, of Blacksburg, VA and formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio died on Thursday, January 12, 2012 after a long illness. He was born April 4, 1931 into a Quaker family on a farm near Newton, Iowa. He began his education in a one room school, completed a bachelors degree at Iowa State University and a PhD in chemistry from M.I.T. He was a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Cincinnati for 46 years, mentored numerous graduate students and conducted research which resulted in many publications, patents and inventions. His life was pleasantly driven by curiosity and scholarship. His interests included gardening, music, travel in Central and South America, archaeology, astronomy, (resulting in the book, Nibiru Rediscovery, A Lodsided Mars and Ancient Longitudes) His biography is listed in Who’s Who in America. In all his endeavors he was a gentleman and a gentle man, a good person in every way.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents Clarence Hodson and Della Mendenhall Day. He was lovingly devoted to his family: wife, Lyn Tibbits Day of 56 years; children Eric and his wife Nan Gray and Sylvia and her husband Kaushik Roy, and grandchildren Gordon Day, Graham Day, Geetanjali Roy and Arundhati Roy. He is also survived by his brother Charles Day and wife Kathy, sister Gladys Wager and cherished nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Blacksburg Friends Meetinghouse, 404 Mt. Tabor Road, Blacksburg. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Blacksburg Friends Meeting or Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive, NW, Christiansburg, VA. Funeral arrangements are with the Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.