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Richard H. Schimmelpfeng

July 13, 1929 ~ March 16, 2017 (age 87)
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Message from Robert Strossi
May 23, 2017 8:23 AM

I first met Richard in 2014 on my return trip from Oak Knoll Fest in Delaware to my home in Boston. Richard was at that time an avid collector of Dutch bookplates and we had been introduced by another ex-libris collector. We met at his house and hit it off at once, and eventually he bought some of my inventory, which I had left with him. I subsequently bought a group of prints which he had decided to sell. There was always something to talk about over our occasional lunches and he was an amusing and insightful man. I last saw Richard at the end of January, when I drove down to Storrs from Boston, stopping at Rein's delicatessen in Vernon to pick up lunch for us. We passed another pleasant afternoon talking about books and prints. He was sanguine about his deteriorating health, but resolutely refused to dwell on it, preferring instead to talk about the things that he loved and his memories in his years managing the Special Collections Department at UCONN. I will miss his sharp wit, good humor, and deep knowledge of his chosen interests.
Message from Ann and Marie Pedro
March 30, 2017 3:42 PM

We would like to express our sympathy to Richard's family and close friends. We have known Richard for many years through our monthly New York City trips.
Message from Dave McChesney
March 27, 2017 12:46 PM

In the early 1980s, I encountered Dick on several rides to the Homer Babbidge Library when the new bus service from Willimantic to the Storrs was initially not dependable. I remember getting into his car to the sound of NPR radio or a classical music piece. What a relaxing way to start the day!
Message from Anne Greineder
March 26, 2017 10:44 AM

Dick was a valued member of the Friends of the Mansfield Library for many years. We will miss his expertise but will especially miss his wry wit and no-nonsense manner. He was a kind and generous man and I feel privileged for having known him.
Message from Puerto Rico
March 24, 2017 10:20 PM

I worked with Dick in UConn Special Collections from 1982 until his retirement and then saw him often as a volunteer in the Library and as a neighbor over the subsequent years until my departure from the area in 2005. He was a good man. A kind soul who certainly grew on me over the years. Thank you for the nice obit (NS). It is good to know that his legacy continues in his works accomplished and his donations.
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