Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Richard (Dick) Radloff died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home, with his family present, after an extended illness.
A native of Fredonia New York, Dick was captain of the 1948 undefeated football team as well as a starter on the basketball team. Post high school he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served two combat tours on the USS Philippine Sea CV 47 during the Korean War. The USS Philippine Sea was one of the first carriers to have jets, the F9F Panther, and it played a significant role in the assault on and support of US ground troops at the Chosen Reservoir. This service led him to advocate the need for carriers, even during periods of non-war, as peacekeepers. A proud veteran and patriot, he flew and honored Old Glory daily.
Following the US Navy, Dick received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Buffalo majoring in labor and industrial relations. He joined the Western Electric Company which became part of AT&T in 1984 and then Lucent Technologies in 1996. He spent 33 years there in a supervisory role and in various positions but mostly in personnel and industrial relations. Starting in Tonawanda, New York, Dick was one of many pioneers at that time initiating equal opportunity efforts to minorities and women. This resulted in his appearance on the Buffalo, N.Y. televised program entitled Opportunity Line, on several occasions. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor teaching supervisory development at the Erie County Community College, and was selected Toastmaster of the Year in a speakers competition. Always interested in youth, he worked as a counselor in a Junior Achievement Program and was a Postmaster for a Senior Boy Scout Troop.
The Radloff family moved to Gwinnett County, GA in 1970,
Dick is survived by his wife Louise Radloff, his sons Richard Radloff of Texas, Gregg Radloff of Sugar Hill, and Doug Radloff of Dacula; grandchildren Nicholas, Samantha, Deidre, Jessica, and Peyton; great-granddaughter, Ryan; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents William and Hattie Radloff of Fredonia New York; his brother Bill Radloff of Dunkirk New York, and sisters Emmeline Coleman of Texas, Doris Trill of Dunkirk New York, and Jean Rosser of Hamburg New York; and his nephew Robbie Radloff.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Richard Radloff Gym at Radloff Middle School on Shackleford Rd in Duluth GA on June 29th, at 10 am; a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dicks memory to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation for Radloff Middle School, or to the American Cancer Society for prostrate cancer, or Interlocking Communities, Inc, [a local nonprofit corporation 501 (c) (3) at 1122 Hopedale Ln, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 or online at www.ICIEducates.org], where he was a teacher.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.billheadfuneralhome.com
Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.