Roland Richmond

Roland Whan Richmond MD

Friday, April 25th, 1930 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Roland Whan Richmond, aka Rich or Doc, departed this world on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at his home with family at his side. He battled Parkinson’s disease for several years. He was 90 years old.
He was born in East Orange, New Jersey, to Fred Morris and Marjorie Whan Richmond. He had an older sister, Elaine Richmond (Savino.) They lived in Nutley, New Jersey, where his father worked as an Industrial Arts teacher. Roland enjoyed playing basketball, ice hockey, and photography (both taking and developing his photos) in high school. He attended Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, graduating in June 1951, and then started Cornell Medical school. In June of 1953 he married Janice Marie Holcombe, whom he met working in a restaurant at Seaside Park on the Jersey shore two years earlier. She was a waitress; he was a dishwasher. Together they spent sixty-five years raising a family, traveling the world, and enjoying the arts—orchestra, opera, theater, and lectures. Roland and Janice lived in four different cities: New York, New York; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; and Louisville, Kentucky. They had a child born in each city. Roland graduated Cornell Medical in 1955 and received his medical internship while serving in the army in Honolulu, Hawaii. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat-ENT) at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. He joined the ENT practice of Dr. Raymond Jones in Louisville in 1962. Over the years, the practice at the Medical Arts Building grew with the addition of Dr. Frank Peisel in 1965 and his eldest son, Dr. Kenneth Richmond in 1986. Roland maintained this practice for over thirty years until his retirement in 1994. Roland was known as “Doc” to many; he was an old school doctor giving medical care and advice to friends and family. Doc traveled once a month to eastern or western Kentucky for free clinics for ENT and allergy problems.
Roland would later claim he started his second career as “the pastor’s wife” when his wife, Janice, graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1983 and was ordained as a Minister at United Church of Christ. Roland served short terms with Janice as joint missionaries in Vellore and Ludhiana, India, in the late 1990s. Roland was a member for over 57 years at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ where he taught the Christian Builders Sunday School class for 40 years. Doc was known for his caring personality, quick wit, and great intellect. He inspired many with his generous nature.
Roland loved traveling (domestic and world-wide), photography, collecting stamps and coins, and playing basketball during the summers at Lakeside Swim Club. He was famous for his hook shot. Throughout their life together, he and his wife Janice opened their home to students, international visitors, and other guests. His biggest love was his long-time wife and traveling partner, Janice.
Roland’s wife, Janice, predeceased him in January 2018; his sister, Elaine Richmond (Savino), in 2016. Roland is survived by his three sons: Kenneth (Debby), Donald (Beverly), William (Victoria), and his daughter Kathryn Matheny (Richard); eight grandchildren: Sara, Rebecca, Leah, Matthew, Luke, Steven, Elizabeth, and Christopher; two great-grandsons: Alex and Sam; one great-granddaughter: Amelia; two special honorary daughters: Que Pham and Connie Soeder; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Please honor Roland’s memory by a gift to The Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Shakespeare, or Lynnhurst United Church of Christ.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 11 at Highlands Funeral Home with burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 10, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Highlands Funeral Home. (Please wear a mask)
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
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    Rev. James Dewey
  • Interment

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 |
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020
    Cave Hill Cemetery
    701 Baxter Avenue
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Rev. Dietmar Groening-Niehaus

Posted at 07:55am
With loving memories of "Roland Richmond", it was nice to know you. I remember the times staying in your house in 2006 and 2011.
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Bob Adelberg

Posted at 06:28pm
Doc added a lot to my life. We met at American Cancer Society's Man to Man program which was held one Saturday every month at Baptist Health. Janice was the leader of the significant others who met separately the first hour. We saw each other many times around the community after that. I send special condolences to Kathy. I was one of many inspired by Doc's life. Bob Adelberg

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