Funeral Services for Dr. Billy Richardson will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. Please arrive a half hour prior to the service. (2:30 ARRIVAL/Meet at Administration Building).
You will need to rely on your own transportation from the Administration Building to his burial site in the cemetery.
From the Arlington National Cemetery Website: BILLY RICHARDSON, COL, US ARMY Administration Building 03/20/2013 – 3:00 PM
Bill was instrumental in planning for BRAC 2005 including development and execution of Harford County’s BRAC Action Plan, which served as a model for Maryland’s BRAC Plan. His leadership with the Army Alliance, Inc. realized the addition of a number of new laboratories and buildings at both Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
One of Bill’s greatest legacies will be his advocacy for the Science & Math Academy at Aberdeen High School. In 2008, a Creative Vision Award Scholarship was established in his honor and continues today.
Dr. Richardson provided leadership and extensive knowledge while serving as a consultant to the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy National Laboratories, the Department of Homeland Security, and many organizations. He assisted Congress in drafting the Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 1966 that initiated the national program of homeland security. He was elected initial chairman of the NBC Industry Group, an association of about 130 companies with interest in nuclear, biological and chemical defense; served as a member of the board of trustees of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute and the board of directors of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council.
From 1989 to 1993 he served as the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. While at the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center, he was technical director for the 1,300-person organization. With the Air Force, he was responsible for the development of aircrew life support equipment. He also headed U.S. aeromedical efforts on the Apollo-Soyuz docking of U.S. and Russian spacecraft and was crew systems consultant for the development of Air Force One and other aircraft. He also served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. and Europe and as inspector general and chief of staff of a 4,000-person Army Reserve Command.
Dr. Richardson held B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University; and graduated from the Army War College, the Federal Executive Institute, and the American Management Association Senior Management Course.
Bill was a true visionary leader and supporter of APG; his dedication and many contributions are legacy to our growing defense community.